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Actor Sushant Singh Rajput Dies by Suicide

The actor was 34 and was known for films like Kai Po Che, Kedarnath and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.

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The actor was 34 and was known for films like Kai Po Che, Kedarnath and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.
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(If you feel suicidal or know someone in distress, please reach out to them with kindness and call these numbers of local emergency services, helplines, and mental health NGOs)

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput died from suicide in his Mumbai home on Sunday, 14 June.

The actor was 34 and was known for films like Kai Po Che, Kedarnath and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.

While condolences poured in for the young actor, his death also lead to a larger debate on how we report suicides and talk about mental health.

(We are using the phrase ‘died by suicide’ instead of ‘committed’ to destigmatize mental health and illness.)

An excellent thread by Dr Soumitra Pathare on media guidelines and understanding suicide was shared widely. FIT will be speaking with Dr Pathare on how media should report on suicides and we'll share the link here.

Why Language Matters

With multiple publications using the word 'committed' it also started a conversation on why the word stigmatising mental health.

(If you feel suicidal or know someone in distress, please reach out to them with kindness and call these numbers of local emergency services, helplines, and mental health NGOs)

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