Dear writer friends,
We are deeply shocked and grieved by the untimely demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput (1986-2020). We express our sorrow and condolences, on behalf of all SWA members.
This incident has made us reflect, yet again, about the various mental health issues many of us have to go through in our daily lives.
We all know that giving up is not the right thing. We must make the best of the life that is offered to us. And yet, many of us find it really difficult to carry on.
This is why we, as a society at large and a creative community in particular, need to drastically improve awareness about mental health. SWA is organising webinars with expert doctors on these issues, one of which will take place this Friday. (Read more: swaindia.org/blog/psychotherapy_webinar )
Further, keeping in mind the mental and emotional strain this pandemic and lockdown has caused amongst us, SWA realises the need to reach out and seek help or just a listening ear.
Thus, we would like to share the following helpline information with our members. These are toll-free support helpline initiatives launched by the government for anyone who needs assistance in dealing with their mental/emotional health concerns.
800-120-820050: ‘BMC-Mpower 1on1’ (available 24×7). Launched by “Mpower”, a pioneer in Indian mental healthcare has partnered with Government of Maharashtra and the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)
08046110007: Launched by National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, in partnership with the Government of India.
Stay strong, stay safe!
Hon. General Secretary