Mahira Khan Speaks for Mental Health Awareness after a Student Committed Suicide

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Mahira Khan Speaks for Mental Health Awareness after a Student Committed Suicide

Pakistani actor Mahira Khan on Tuesday urged the need forĀ mental health awareness after a student of Beaconhouse National University (BNU) in Lahore committed suicide a day earlier.

Rushaan Farrukh, who is said to be in her early 20s, jumped to hear death from a multi-storey building on-campus on November 26.

Shortly after her passing, people shared Rushaan’s Instagram and Facebook posts where she spoke about depression.

Mahira on Twitter shared a post from a person who recalled how she kept trying to save Rushaan but nobody helped and some termed it an “attention grabbing stunt”. The actor questioned, “When will we start taking mental health seriously? When will we stop calling people mad or ridicule them for how they feel?”

“We need counselors in schools. Not just for students. We need to educate parents and teachers,” she asserted.

In another tweet, Mahira shared Rushaan’s post in which she stressed the need to be “compassionate and empathetic” and wrote, “Maybe we can start by reading and understanding what someone suffering had to say before they left. Rest In Peace.. Rushaan Farrukh.”

Several others also took to social media and recalled how incredibly talented and beautiful Rushaan was and stressed the need for mental health awareness.