Samantha attended the launch ceremony of the Psychiatry At Your Doorstep initiative of Roshini Trust and Datla Foundation on Saturday. She highlighted the importance of seeking help for mental health issues during the event.
At the event, Samantha said, “We live in an increasingly stressful world where there is so much focus, whether it is on social media, on portraying perfect lives. It is becoming more difficult to speak about our weaknesses, our pain, our anxiety because there is so much focus… Being very active on social media, I noticed the stress on portraying perfect lives. No one’s life is perfect, trust me.”
She further added, “I think it is time for people like us, people like me most definitely, to speak about not just the glitz and glamour but also the pain, the suffering, the lows. It is normal for all of us to go through that, it is too normal to talk about it and it is normal to ask for help.”
Samantha gave her own example and accepted that ‘talking to others’ helped her pass through the ‘difficult time’ of her life. She said, “I have gone through a difficult time in my life and asked for help. I have sought help from my friends and counsellors and that has made a huge difference in my life. If I am sitting here today, strong and ready for the next part of my life, it is not just because I was strong but it is because many people around me helped me to be strong.”
Samantha, in October last year, announced her separation from her husband Naga Chaitanya, thus ending their four-year-long marriage.