Ever since Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide, discussion surrounding mental health has reignited in the entertainment industry. Sushant’s ‘Kai Po Che’ co-star Amit Sadh recently opened up on his struggle as a teenager when he attempted suicide not just once but four times.
Amit’s revelation comes at a time when discussions surrounding mental health is of utmost importance. Read on to know why the ‘Breathe’ actor contemplated suicide so many times as a teenager.
In a recent interview with MensXP, Amit opened up about mental health. He said that he just went to commit suicide without any planning. revealing what exactly went in his mind, Amit said, “Between the age of 16 and 18, I tried committing suicide four times. I didn’t have suicidal thoughts. I just went to commit suicide, there was no planning. I just woke up one day and tried and tried again and again and again. Then by God’s grace, the fourth time, the last time I did, I knew that this is not the way and this is not the end. And things changed. My mindset changed. And since then, it has evolved and the philosophy of ‘never giving up’ came in me.”
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The actor went on to reveal that it took him twenty long years to come out of that phase. “I didn’t overcome it all in one day – took me 20 years! I just found one thing for sure – this is not the end. Life is a gift. So, the day I understood this, I started living it. I feel blessed and fortunate that I’m on the other side of the white light. Now I have a lot of compassion, love and empathy for people who become weak,” he shared.
Amit feels that coming out of such a dark phase is the mark of real strength. “There must be so many people who commit suicide but there are so many more people who contemplate or have thoughts about committing suicide on some dark day. For me, what marks real strength is to come out of it,” he added.
When celebs share their personal experience it becomes easier for others to open up about their struggle and experiences. In the end, it helps in making conversation about topics like mental health normal which otherwise is never discussed openly.