After Sushant Singh Rajput's death, Google records an increase in the searches for "Symptoms of Depression"

ST Staff
Monday, 15 June 2020

a sharp rise in search for "Depression Symptoms" was noticed on Google Trends in India. Netizens also searched for the meaning of clinical depression and one of the common searches included "Deepika Padukone" who was among the few Bollywood celebrities to come out and talk about depression.

Sushant Singh Rajput's sudden demise on Sunday afternoon has left the country in shock and his fans and several Bollywood celebrities took to social media sites to express their grief and send condolences to his family members and friends.

According to Mumbai Police, the Chhichhore star allegedly committed suicide. As soon as the news broke, netizens expressed their sorrow and grief over the 34-year old actor's death and uploading various posts regarding mental health that was likely to be one of the reasons behind his suicide. 

He was one of the few actors who rose from television to the silver screen delivering some great performances in Kai Po Che, MS Dhoni- The Untold Story and Chhichhore. Film directors like Karan Johar and Shekar Kapur took to twitter hinting about his depression and blamed themselves for not being beside him during his difficult times.

Soon after this, a sharp rise in search for "Depression Symptoms" was noticed on Google Trends in India. Netizens also searched for the meaning of clinical depression and one of the common searches included "Deepika Padukone" who was among the few Bollywood celebrities to come out and talk about depression. Besides Google, social media users even uploaded various posts about mental issues on various online portals triggering more conversations on the taboo subject.

It was difficult for the people to accept the fact that the talented star was no more and he was reportedly suffering from depression since the past six months that no one was aware of, making 'Depression' a trend.

After this incident, social media is floating with posts and comments on mental health, suicide, depression which was otherwise just a casual conversation.

The part that left the netizens in shock was that the young actor ended his life despite being so young and successful. But behind the fame and glamour, the actor was stuck under the trauma of mental illness and depression despite having some hit movies in his kitty.

Previously, celebrities like Jiah Khan and Pratyusha Banerjee also ended their lives due to depression. During this pandemic, people's mental health has taken a huge toll. A surge deaths due to suicide have been recorded. Mental health in the current difficult scenario requires as much attention as COVID-19 or any other physical illness.

In India, around 1,33,623 suicides were recorded in the year 2015, increasing around 1.4% from 2014 which recorded 1,31,666 suicides.

The only way of treating it like some other disease is to break the stigma around it and trending search results are a sign that people are talking and knowing more about it and trying to help their near ones.

Depression requires the empathy of close ones instead of just brushing it off as "overthinking" or "mood swings". We should try to involve the ones affected into a conversation, trying to listen to them and giving them possible solutions.

The death of Sushant Singh Rajput has been a wake-up call for people, discussing more the disease, its symptoms and the possible help to seek.

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