Aamir Khan's daughter says she is suffering from depression

"Things are really confusing and stressful," Ira Khan wrote on Instagram

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Aamir Khan's daughter Ira Khan confessed on social media that she was suffering from depression. Ira, who is Aamir's daughter with his first wife Reena Dutta, said in a video: "I have been clinically depressed for many years now, but I am doing much better." She spoke about taking the viewers on a journey to understand "ourselves and mental illness better"."

In the Instagram caption, she had written: "A lot has been going on, a lot of people have a lot to say. Things are really confusing and stressful and simple and okay but not okay and... life all together. There is no way to say it all in one go. But I'd like to think I've figured some stuff out, or at least figured out how to make it slightly more understandable. About mental health and mental ill-health. So come with me on this journey... in my awkward, quirky, sometimes-baby-voice-y, as-honest-as-I-can-be... way. Let's start a conversation."

On the World Mental Health day, a lot of people had come out with their stories of coping with depression. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on psychosocial wellbeing of people, the Centre said, stressing on promoting community sensitisation, family counselling and support, and teachers' counselling to tackle complex mental health issues. Addressing a virtual International Conference on Mental Health: Looking Beyond COVID-19', Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Shakuntala D. Gamlin, highlighted the need for addressing increasing incidence of mental health issues.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on psychosocial wellbeing and is likely to add the disease burden across the globe," she said. "There is a need to promote community sensitization, family counselling and support, teachers' counselling, awareness at all levels and develop appropriate policy and programme intervention to tackle the complex issues of mental health rehabilitation," Gamlin said.