Mental Health: Deepu Kakowalia A Talented Individual Who Had It All

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Mental health is something that we as a community continue to push under the carpet. We have all been touched by it in some way or form. Yet, discussing the topic is still as taboo as watching a raunchy scene with your parents in the same room.

Today, in association with News Room Punjab we bring you the sad story of Deepu Kakuwalia.

Deepu Kakuwalia from Ludhiana had it all. A successful career as a writer, having written one of the biggest hits of 2015 ‘Thokar’ he certainly was in demand.

A good network of friends and family around him, Deepu seemed to be in a happy place. He debuted his solo single ‘Chaah’ and the response generated him more and more work.  The team around him were friends and family. His parents lived in the same house and everything seemed normal.

3 months after getting married Deepu Kakuwalia was found hanged in his parent’s house. Deepu had gone into a dark place, and with no support network around him. The only way out was suicide in his eyes. A young talented man with so much to offer, yet he suffered alone. The dark world of depression took hold and Deepu just wanted out.

The video below is 30 minutes long and talks to his parents and friends about Deepu’s death, one thing is for certain he ticked all the boxes of someone wishing to commit suicide. Whether you watch the video or not, it is vital that you yourself look at these signs. Mental health issues do not display themselves openly but instead, eat away at individuals no matter what their status in life.

Knowing the signals is a start. Learn these because if someone is suffering then they may not open up to you or anyone else. Being a burden is not what they wish to be!

Suicidal warning signs 

If you are having thoughts about suicide there could also be some behavioural and/or physical changes that could tell you something isn’t right.

 It might be subtle, but it’s likely that you notice a number of signs rather than just one or two. Remember that everyone is different and respond differently to these thoughts and feelings.

Non-verbal indicators may include:

  • social withdrawal
  • a persistent drop in mood
  • disinterest in maintaining personal hygiene or appearance
  • uncharacteristically reckless behaviour
  • poor diet changes, rapid weight changes
  • being distracted
  • anger
  • insomnia
  • alcohol or drug abuse
  • giving away sentimental or expensive possessions

Indirect verbal expressions may include:

  • hopelessness
  • failing to see a future
  • believing they are a burden to others
  • saying they feel worthless or alone
  • talking about their death or wanting to die.

This is not an exhaustive list.  Be guided by your instincts.

The Samaritans are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week their number is 116 123

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