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Content need not only be comedy, fashion etc., says One Digital COO as ‘SOS’ gets under way

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MUMBAI: One Digital Entertainment has come up with its brand new documentary web series titled ‘SOS’- Survivors Of Suicide. The series brings forth stories of people who have put on a brave face and overcome prejudices and struggles that plague our society when it comes to mental illnesses.

The six-episodic series got under way on 10 October, on occasion of World Mental Health Day.

The network is aiming to spread awareness about mental health issues and stamp out the stigma associated with the help of this series. The show will unveil intimate stories of suicide survivors suffering from varied issues ranging from clinical depression to bipolar disorder to PTSD. The docu-series is also encouraging the suicide- attempt survivors to shun their cloaks of anonymity.

One Digital Entertainment COO and co-founder Gurpreet Singh Bhasin said, “We had two prime reasons of choosing the topic of mental health and suicide for this documentary web series. As a team we truly believe that these are stories that need to be told. There are over 50 million people in our country who suffer from mental  illnesses in silence out of shame and fear. We want to change this attitude and mindset. It is essential for survivors to speak up so others can be inspired to do the same. Secondly, we wanted to showcase that digital content need not necessarily be restricted to comedy, fashion and entertainment. We asked ourselves, why should the quality content debate be restricted to films and television? With that, we took the bold step of launching this series that will get people talking about this grave issue, accepting it and along the way inspiring them to speak up and seek help.”

At a time, when one third of India’s population suffers from the hidden burden of mental illnesses, ‘Survivors of Suicide’ serves as a beacon of light to many of us who have grappled with mental illness directly or indirectly behind closed doors. They aim to initiate a very important conversation around mental health which is the need of the hour & raise awareness about the big issue through varied, uplifting, hopeful and inspiring stories.

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