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Dr Sunita Dube, a known radiologist and physician agrees that people who are already suffering from anxiety or any other kind of mental illness are most vulnerable in these times. She says, “People who suffer from anxiety, depression, or any sort of mental illness usually live in a state of panic, they already find it very difficult to function normally on a daily basis. COVID-19 has created chaos in the lives of everyone and the people already suffering from any sort of mental illness are most vulnerable in these times. These can be difficult times for all of us as we hear about the spread of COVID-19 from all over the world, through television, social media, family and friends, and other sources. The most common emotion faced by all is ‘fear of positive’. It makes us anxious, panicky, and other problems that we might not consider appropriate under normal circumstances.”
Dr Dube asserts that the presence of family members and close friends in one’s life is important during these trying times, more importantly for people with suicidal tendencies or depression issues like Manmeet and Preksha. She says, “Family members or close friends are very important for suicide prevention. They can be involved in many ways. They can help to increase the positivity in a person’s life (that affects) their mental health and they can start reacting to situations in a better way”.
Actor Ashutosh Bhakre dies by suicide
Ashutosh Bhakre was seen in Marathi films Bhakar and Ichar Tharla Pakka.
Ashutosh Bhakre was 32. (Photo: Ashutosh Bhakre/Instagram)
Marathi actor Ashutosh Bhakre allegedly died by suicide at his home in Nanded town in Marathwada region, a police official said on Wednesday.
The incident came to light on Wednesday afternoon when Bhakre (32) was found dead by his parents at his flat in Ganesh Nagar area of Nanded, the official said.
Ashutosh Bhakre was the husband of Marathi actress Mayuri Deshmukh, who attained fame after her role in Marathi serial Khulta Kali Khulena. He had acted in Marathi films Bhakar and Ichar Tharla Pakka.
The reason behind the actor’s suspected suicide is not yet known, the police official said. He was reportedly suffering from depression since the last few days and had recently shared a video on social media in which he analysed why does a person die by suicide, the official added.
An accidental death case has been registered at Shivaji Nagar Police Station in Nanded, and further probe was on, he said.
Actor Akshat Utkarsh’s family has filed a complaint with the Bihar police to seek a FIR and aprobe into the actor’s death on Sunday night. Mumbai police had indicated that the actor was depressed due to lack of work and had died by suicide.
His family in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, however, has rejected this conclusion and alleged that Akshat Utkarsh had been murdered.
Utkarsh was found hanging at his rented accommodation at Andheri West in Mumbai on Sunday night. He had worked in some TV serials and advertisements. He had recently signed a Bhojpuri film ‘Litti-Chokha’.
Muzaffarpur city deputy superintendent of police Ram Naresh Paswan confirmed that the actor’s family had submitted a formal complaint. But the police haven’t acted on the request. Paswan said they are awaiting directions from senior officials on how to proceed.
It is unusual for the police in one state to try to investigate a crime that primarily relates to another state.
But the Bihar police had departed from this standard practice in August this year when it registered a FIR for abetment to suicide, dishonestly inducing delivery of property and breach of trust in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in Mumbai on a complaint from his father KK Singh.
This FIR was the starting point for the investigation by three federal agencies; Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate and the Narcotics Control Bureau.
Akshat Utkarsh’s family in Muzaffarpur wants the Bihar police to apply the same principles and file the FIR.
In the complaint handed over to the police on Thursday, the family has named three suspects including his flatmate Shikha Rajput and his society secretary Kishore Thakkar, said police on Friday. The family accused the three of hatching a conspiracy to kill Utkarsh.
The Muzaffarpur police are yet to lodge the FIR against the accused, Utkarsh’s uncle Vikrant Kishore complained. He said if police doesn’t take appropriate action, the family will stage a protest outside Muzzafarpur’s Town police station.
A recent survey revealed that in India, 50% employees are worried about an uncertain future due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey by The7thFold showed that this was the top stress factor, followed by by personal finances (40%) and career growth (40%).
The high levels of stress that have emerged and continue to amongst India Inc employees during the ongoing lockdown is a huge area of concern. Stress is the biggest trigger factor which impacts mental and physical wellbeing. the lesser or the more managed the stress levels, the better the overall wellbeing.
"It is a well-known fact that physical and mental wellbeing are correlated, and one cannot be managed at the expense of the other. The work from home concept due to Covid-19 was literally adopted overnight by employers creating a whole new set of challenges for all stakeholders," said Hamsaz Wadhwani, Founder and Chief Executive, The7thFold.
Other sources of stress faced by Indian employees
Here are a few other sources of stress employees are facing:
Self/Family Physical Health (32%)
Work task and deadlines (31%)
Self / Family Mental Health (25%)
Performance Appraisal (22%)
Social distancing / isolation (18%)
Relationship issues (17%)
Being laid off (16%)
Children's Education (13%)
About the survey on Indian employees
The7thFold's Employee Wellbeing Survey, 2020 highlights the impact of the current pandemic on the mental and physical wellbeing of employees in India.
The survey conducted in July and August with 509 respondents across metros cities and diverse sectors aimed to recognise the distress faced by employees during these uncertain times and understand the role of organisation support and benefits in the new normal.
Other employee well-being trends noted in survey
Age had a positive correlation with mental wellbeing; those above 50 years of age (12%) outdid those who were below 40 years - 37% (30-40) 24% (less than 30 years).
Employees below the salary of INR 5 lakhs were more vulnerable and reported personal finances (55%) and career prospects (53%) as their biggest sources of stress.
35% of employees with an annual salary of INR 21 30 lakhs p.a. reported burnout and poorest mental wellbeing scores.
Self-employed vs employed by others:
Self-employed category is slightly better placed when it came to overall wellbeing as compared to others.
45% of employees working for an employer complained of Anxiety or Depression against 30% of those who were self-employed.
44% of employees working full-time from home reported feelings of anxiety.
Boredom was least reported by those who worked fulltime from their workplace (26%).
28% of work-from-home employees reported burnout with 48% feeling stressed due to task deadlines. 35% of employees working from home were worried about self/ family's mental health.
Mental Health of the unemployed was the worst. 47% of unemployed reported anxiety with 61% of them feeling stressed and 42% felt anger. 60% of unemployed showed stress regarding uncertainty of future and 61% for career growth.
The blended model of working from home and workplace showed higher benefits than those employees who were full-time working from either home or workplace.
Work life balance was positively correlated with Mental Wellbeing. Higher the satisfaction about their work-life-balance, higher the Mental Wellbeing.
Work Life Balance for employees who were in a blended model was better than employees working full-time from workplace.
Employees working full-time from home reported worst work-life-balance.
The age group below 30 yrs. reported a poorer work-life-balance than the other age groups.
Wellbeing of employees who worked for 13 hrs and more (including house chores, children schooling and office work) was much poorer than those who worked for less hours.
Overall Wellbeing includes physical health and mental health scores. Wellbeing of employees who used positive coping mechanisms like exercise, meditation and yoga was much healthier than the rest.
At the same time, those who used negative coping mechanisms like avoiding and suppressing emotions, social media and isolating self from family and friends showed a much worse wellbeing score.
The mental wellbeing of those who had a pre-existing illness is poorer than the healthy participants.
Employees seemed happy with the support shown by their employers. 87% of employees have reported that their employer provides benefits for their Well-being.
The biggest expectation versus reality gap is seen for 'Increased insurance to cover COVID'. 47% of employees consider it a Top Benefit, however only 18% of employers offer it.
Employees provided with 'Safe travel arrangements to work' show a significantly better mental wellbeing score over others.
The wellbeing of employees who received an Increment and Bonus is significantly higher than others.
There were no significant differences in wellbeing seen between those who received a pay-cut and those who received an increment (no bonus).
Interestingly, data suggests that offering employees a bonus and no increment was better for their wellbeing than offering an increment and no bonus.