Shanti Das Launches Depression Awareness Campaign
Entertainment industry veteran Shanti Das has launched a new initiative, Silence the Shame. The initiative was started in 2016 and was inspired by Shanti’s own experience with depression. Shanti has suffered from depression over the years. In fact, when she was as an infant, her father committed suicide leaving her mother to raise three children alone. With Silence the Shame, she hopes to peel back the layers of shame and stigma as it relates to mental health. Reportedly, there are millions of people suffering from depression and are afraid to speak on it. Through the campaign and a series of events, Shanti hopes to spark a national conversation that will lead to increased awareness and funding to support those living with mental health conditions. Check out the event details below:
The launch will kick off Friday, May 5th (May is National Mental Health awareness month), with Silence the Shame DAY, a global awareness campaign via social media from celebrities, Faith leaders, civic leaders, key influencers and the community at large. There will also be coverage via national press outlets and other digital media platforms. The goal is to get EVERYONE talking about how to #SilenceTheShame and to finally start a national conversation about removing stigma and shame around mental health.
On Saturday, May 6th in Atlanta, GA there will be a Silence The Shame Community Health Fair/Symposium at Jean Childs Young Middle School from 12pm-4pm. The event will consist of two (1) hour panel discussions with mental health care professionals, members of the Faith community and other community leaders to educate/create awareness around mental health, treatment, and the removal of stigma & shame. There will also be service providers on hand to answer questions and provide information about depression/anxiety, PTSD, postpartum, suicide prevention and other mental health disorders. Community partners for the event include: Grady Healthcare, Ebenezer Baptist Church and more.
Also on Sunday, May 7th, there will be Silence The Shame Day at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s former church and America’s freedom church). Other churches will be encouraged to talk about mental health on May 7th, to encourage the congregation to silence the shame in their homes and community about mental health. Click here to learn more.