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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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– 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.

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“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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Depression in Children Stay Undetected by Parents and Teachers- Study

The gold standard for identifying children who might be at risk for developing depression later in life is to ask the children themselves

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Parents and teachers may find it difficult to detect depression in young children, that can affect their social skills and academics, a new study shows.

According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, as many as 2-3 per cent of children aged between 6-12 might have a major depressive disorder.

But parents and teachers face difficulties in recognising depression in children.

The findings, appearing in the Journal of School Psychology, showed that children who show mild to severe symptoms of depression in second and third grades are six times more likely to have skill deficits, such as difficulties with social skills or academics, than children without symptoms.

However, when teachers and parents were asked to rate a child’s level of depression, there was only about 5-10 per cent overlap in their ratings.

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Parents and teachers face difficulties in recognising depression in children. Pixabay

“Some people would view that overlap as the truth about a child’s well-being and areas of disagreement as errors, but we need to explore the possibility that each of them are seeing different aspects of children’s behaviour and mental health,” said Keith Herman, professor in the University of Missouri (MU), College of Education.

For the study, the team completed profile analyses of 643 children in early elementary school to explore how patterns between student, teacher and parent reporting can be used to gain a holistic picture of a child’s mental health.

Herman suggested that mental health professionals could work with teachers and parents to identify depressive symptoms early by including self reports from children in mental health evaluations.

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“The gold standard for identifying children who might be at risk for developing depression later in life is to ask the children themselves,” noted Herman.

“However, even if a child doesn’t say they feel depressed, certain outward behaviours might provide clues to the state of the child’s mental health. It’s important for teachers and parents to catch these behaviours early to prevent long-term problems that occur with depression,” he said. (IANS)