It’s not just the food we take in that we should be mindful of but also the words we utter. At this day and age where the world is becoming more progressive spreading awareness about issues that were once considered taboo or controversial and where informative content including research papers are easily available at the touch of your fingers; one would expect people to be enlightened and learned by now.
However, one such famous pair of sisters in the Pakistani entertainment industry proved otherwise. The Hocane sisters who have launched their own clothing brand U X M were promoting it at Nida Yasir’s morning show and made a highly misleading comment on depression. Yes, the talk went to a whole different direction.
According To Urwa And Mawra, Depression Arises Due To Intake Of Improper Food. Say What?
A severe illness that has taken countless lives and as we write and read this, somewhere someone is contemplating suicide due to this deep-rooted sadness they just cannot shake away. In fact, depression has several layers to it that cannot be discussed in one post. It’s complex and unforgiving.
There are several campaigns driven to create mental health awareness, panel discussions, published books, and internet which filled with content that provides in-depth knowledge about depression. If someone still fails to understand, the least they can do is show compassion to those suffering.
Hocane sisters made an ill-informed comment completely undermining a severe mental illness.
‘Depression’ explained😂😂 pic.twitter.com/AVvEIvttxh
— Affan (@Affansaifullah1) August 6, 2019
In the above clip, Urwa can be heard saying: “Aaj kal kitne maslay hain, ke jee depression hogaya, mental ‘disease’ hogaya, it’s all because of food. Aur koi reason hi nahi hai.”
[There are so many issues these days, people saying “Oh I am feeling depressed” or “I am suffering from mental disease” when it is all because of food. There isn’t any other reason for this.]
To this Mawra says, “It’s what you put in your body”
This Definitely Triggered People Online And They Called The Sisters Out.
Indeed! Especially on something as sensitive as mental health. Their comments were insensitive and brash.
Urwa and Mawra’s comments belittling mental health were problematic af but they are simply reflective of our general attitude.
As a general rule of thumb, it is never wise to talk about something authoritatively that you have not experienced yourself.
— Shehzad Ghias Shaikh (@Shehzad89) August 6, 2019
With the amount of confidence, they exuded while saying that, once can mistake them for a Psychologist. Maybe not!
Renowned Clinical Psychologists Dr Urwa and Marwa Hussain discuss the major cause of depression and other forms of mental illness
— Ahmed Asif (@AhmedA7if) August 7, 2019
What Urwa said has some truth to it, but something as complicated as depression doesn’t solely ride on one reason; that is an unhealthy diet.
“Aur koi reason hi nahi hai” WHAT EVEN
As if they know better than those suffering from depression due to a thousand diff reasons😒😒
TV channels should really keep an eye on the content of programs and the misinformation they’re spreading to the audience.
— ARMYWithLuv💜🇵🇰 (@ARMYWithLuv27) August 6, 2019
We expect more from our celebrities as they hold a certain platform that can be used for great purposes including spreading mental health awareness. But their remarks do reflect the attitude of our general awaam that refuses to extend compassion and understanding on this issue.
What are your thoughts on the Hocane sister’s comments on belittling depression? Comment below!