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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Stay Alive’ – This Heart Wrenching Silent Film on Depression Speaks Volumes!

The mute psychological film illustrates emotional imbalance of a depressed person through mere facial expressions but throbs the heart at the very first sight

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A short film on depression
Stay Alive Film Poster

– by Naina Mishra

June 20, 2017:

Suicidal tendencies in adolescents are surging rapidly and taking a severe toll nowadays, and one of the prime reasons for suicides is Depression. It is a detrimental state of mind which begins to incubate in at a very early age. There comes a time in life when misery becomes inconsolable. Many people experience such an agonizing time in life and coming out of with sanity is a matter of endurance. What many do not understand is the magnitude of time, which has the power to heal the wounds caused by distress.

In the uproar of the gravest issue, a Chandigarh-based Filmmaker, Amit Chauhan took the stance to bring awareness among the youth about depression with a Short Film titled “Stay Alive” to rear the youths with a positive frame of mind and help them deal with dejection.

Newsgram is the official media partner with “STAY ALIVE” directed by Amit Chauhan Film Co, starring Shweta Sharma as the protagonist.

The teaser of the film is out on social media and has already occupied a space of its own. The mute psychological film illustrates emotional imbalance of a depressed person through mere facial expressions but throbs the heart at the very first sight.

Stay Alive is a mute psychological movie based on depression and suicide. Click To Tweet

“A lot of my friends committed suicide as they were very depressed. I have myself seen my father in a bad phase owing to a chronic disease and it was really difficult for me to cope with it. In earlier times, people were connected with each other but now our society has become materialistic and has succumbed to superficial evil. People have high end expectations from life which they do not speak about and feel miserable in the end. It is pertinent to talk about the issue and come up with an immediate solution. People should talk it out with anyone they feel comfortable with. It is all about a positive outlook towards life, one wrong step can leave an irrecoverable loss to the near and dear ones. It is important to stay alive” – Amit Chauhan, Director of Stay Alive

 

Watch Teaser | Stay Alive

Newsgram brings to you an exclusive interview with the lead actress of the film, Shweta Sharma. She has earlier appeared on Punjabi Film ‘Rabb Da Radio’. The actress is known for her roles in various social documentaries. She was featured in an advertisement on Safety and Security with the famous comedian on Kapil show, Chandan Prabhakar. Her upcoming project includes a series based on ISIS, a terror group in Syria.

Naina: The film has no dialogues, how difficult was it to express through only facial expressions?

Shweta:  Acting has no language and I truly abide by this. I am an artist who has exhibit the feeling through expressions, which is a part of acting. It was not difficult for me to express through facial expressions because I could feel the trauma of depression afflicted on young boys and girls. I simply connected with them.

Naina: Can you talk about the issue which the film is highlighting?

Shweta: Stay Alive is a mute psychological movie based on depression and suicide. It’s an awareness movie for the people who are suffering mentally and stuck up in their thoughts for years. The message of the movie is very clear and beautiful at the end which is “never lose hope”. Rest you can see when it will be released.

Naina: Did you ever face depression in your life?

Shweta: No, I haven’t faced it and I wish nobody faces this mental illness. I have seen my Grand Mother suffering from depression and it was heartbreaking to see her. I still remember, I was 18 years old and used to see her passing through the difficult phase. I have observed her and imitated in the film, recalling those times has always been gloomy for me.

Naina: What social message would you like to convey to the audience?

Shweta: I would like to tell all the people out there to never lose hope in life. We have forgotten ourselves in the chaotic city life. Take a wide look around and look for people whose behavior appears abnormal to you. Help people combat their inner web of melancholy thoughts. You might just save someone’s life.

“Stay Alive” is releasing on 25th July in association with Newsgram.

Life is a gift of God but we forget the essence of it and starts tearing ourselves. All we can do is play our part and make a constant effort to make our lives better and stay alive.

 


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‘At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things’, says Bollywood Actress Ileana D’Cruz

Actress Ileana D'Cruz was once suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Watch out what she has to say.

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Actress Ileana D'Cruz . wikimedia commons
  • Actress Ileana D’Cruz, who suffered depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder, says at one point in her life she felt suicidal.
  • But once she accepted herself, she started feeling better.

Actress Ileana D’Cruz suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder

At the 21st World Congress of Mental Health here on Sunday, Ileana had a tete-a-tete with Organising Chairman Sunil Mittal on her struggle with depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Ileana was also awarded the Woman of Substance Award for her efforts towards raising awareness about mental health, read a statement.

She said: “I was always a very self-conscious person and was picked on for my body type. I used to feel low and sad all the time but didn’t know I was suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder till I got help. All I wanted to do was to be accepted by everyone.

“At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things. However, all of it changed when I accepted myself and what I was going through. I think that is the first step towards fighting depression.”

The “Barfi!” and “Rustom” actress said depression is “real” and people shouldn’t shy away from seeking help.

“It is a chemical imbalance in your brain and needs to be treated. Don’t sit back and think it will get okay but go get help. Like you have a sprain and go get yourself checked if you have depression, seek help,” she said, urging people to be like Winnie the Pooh. “He wore a crop top, ate his favorite food all day and loved himself, you can too.”

Ileana D’Cruz, whose mother was her biggest pillar of strength throughout, also said imperfections are a part of life.

“I am not saying that I had this miraculous recovery, every day is a process, every day is a step towards healing yourself and getting better. You are a human being and are allowed to be imperfect, and you are allowed to be flawed. There is a lot of beauty in your imperfections, in your uniqueness.

“You may look at us actors and think that ‘Oh my God, they are so pretty, so perfect’. But that’s not how it is. It takes two hours to get ready and look like this. Love yourself for who you are and trust me if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person and your smile is your best asset.”

Ileana D’Cruz said she decided to open up about her struggle because “as someone people look up to, even if I can help a handful of people cope, it is worth talking about it”.

The World Congress was organized by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), a global alliance of mental health professionals, national health associations, NGOs, policy experts and other institutions.( IANS)

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5 Things You Can do to Treat Your Depression Instantly

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Heal your depression instantly by making the most out of your life. Pixabay.
  • Depression is a very tense and grave situation that a person can ever suffer.
  • Only someone who’s been through the depression phase must be knowing how difficult it is.
  • Most of us don’t realize that depression is affecting our daily lives until it has created the worse by taking away our hopes and dreams into avail.

It may take days, weeks or even months to treat depression, but it will eventually pass. You may not be able to see it, but there’s surely a way out to heal. We’ve all been there and it’s really okay to not be okay. So, for the next time when you feel low about yourself and your life over depression, try out these.

Keep Yourself Busy 

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Practice your hidden hobbies to heal your depression. Pixabay.

Being busy is the best thing to not only treat your depression but to clear out all your procrastination. When you’re feeling low and depressed, you start becoming hopeless and pathetic about yourself. You may not realize, but your thought process will not flow in a proper direction and make you ponder over your own sadness. Try to do various kinds of activities be it your hobby or work, don’t leave your mind go into astray.

Realise your own self

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Pen down your thoughts during the depression. Pixabay.

If you really want to daydream, think about the times when you were proud of yourself even for a minor thing. Make a list of all your strengths and achievements to heal depression. If possible, start practicing to pen down your thoughts in a diary or an online journal. Write down whatever crosses your mind and what you could have done as an alternate option to a situation. Provide importance to realize your own self and gain the inner confidence because only you know that you are the best to run or ruin your life.

Share your feelings

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Find a Confidante who won’t judge your depression issues. Pixabay.

Keeping your thoughts to yourself will not solve your problem of depression, instead, it will worsen the more. You must find a confidante who won’t judge you and understand your thoughts. It can be your best friend or a family member whom you really trust. Open up and talk about anything and everything. They would definitely do anything to make you happy once again.

Talk to a stranger if you are an introvert

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Your depression will heal once you start confiding your thoughts to someone.Pixabay.

Carrying a baggage on yourself of being an introvert makes you hurtle through every situation. But, it’s not a certain problem that you should deal with, it’s just your fear of being judged and rejected. Sometimes, you need someone out of your known circle to talk with. It’s much easier to talk to a stranger who doesn’t feel sympathetic about your depression. Try making new friends and disclose your life to them. You’ll be amazed to understand how easy it is to open up to someone you know nothing about and vice-versa.

Get some entertainment and Fun in life

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Go out for an evening karaoke night to relax your depressed mind. Pixabay.

Entertainment is the key to happiness unless it’s socially addictive, treating your depression effectively. Make the most out of your life by going on a thrilling adventure or watch something hilarious when you’re alone which makes you feel happy about. You’ll end up realizing that no matter how sad your life is, but some funny things are never going to cease. Just sit back and watch online series like GOT or FRIENDS or maybe try out a Karaoke night who knows you’ll find that confidante there itself.

-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana

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Foods that Fight Depression: Brighten Your Mood with a Rainbow of Food

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A well stocked stand of vegetables and fruits. VOA

A chocolate bar may make you feel better when you’re down, but a cup of yogurt or a handful of cashews might be a better choice for the foods that fight depression.

“I think about our body in some ways like a car engine,” says therapist Leslie Korn. “We need to give it the right fuel. And each of us has a need for a particular combination of proteins, and carbohydrates and fats.”

Korn has been treating people for trauma and depression for more than 40 years. She noticed that when her patients changed their diet and began eating foods like dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, eggs, and cherries, they had much more success in lifting their depression and decreasing their pain.

She turned her observations into a book: The Good Mood Kitchen. It contains recipes and nutrition tips that can help put you in a good mood.

Fat for the brain

Fats, she explains, are not the nemesis many diets have made them out to be. We need fats in our diet because our brain is made up of fat. “It’s made up of chemicals that talk to each other and that are lubricated by the fat in order to communicate across the synapses and contribute to our ability to focus, to apply attention and to lift our mood. Indeed, there is some very good research going on in the military looking at the role of Omega 3 fatty acids for not only treatment of depression and anxiety, but also for suicide prevention.”

Taking care of the digestive system, which breaks down the fat, is essential for the brain to benefit, and Korn has a suggestion for that, too.

“For example, if your liver and if your gallbladder is not working, you can’t break down fats that are absorbed into the bloodstream and then support brain function. What we know is that the greens, in particular, bitter greens, help us digest fats and send those fats to the brain where we need it.”(VOA)