Silence the Shame
Music Legend Shanti Das Advocates for Mental Health
“Last September, I’m actually not embarrassed to say it now, I had three suicidal thoughts, and it was the first time I realized I needed to go see a psychiatrist and get help for my depression.”
With this frank and deeply personal confession, music industry veteran Shanti Das begins to explain how—and why—she launched Silence the Shame, an initiative aimed at removing the stigma around mental health issues by encouraging individuals to be proactive about their mental wellness.
For Das, addressing topics such as depression, therapy, and suicide is essential, particularly in communities of color. Having lost her father to suicide when she was seven months old, as well as several close friends and business associates in more recent years, she has seen firsthand how devastating the disease can be if left untreated. In May, Mental Health Awareness Month, she formally announced Silence the Shame and set out on a mission to be a source of empowerment and information in our national conversations about mental health.
Das, whose extensive entertainment career includes working as a top-level record label executive and founding her own entertainment marketing firm, Press Reset Entertainment, intends to use her platform with Silence the Shame to not only talk about mental health and mental wellness, but to also provide essential resources and services to those with the greatest need.
“There are two things I really want to achieve with Silence the Shame: One is to be able to go into communities to educate. The second thing I would like to do, because I know how expensive it can be to seek treatment, is provide financial aid—even to homeless people and people without insurance, to jump-start their treatment.”
Das is planning a speaking tour that will include mental health professionals as well as people affected by mental health issues—either their own or loved ones’—who can offer real answers and real talk about a number of topics. With the rise in suicides among adolescents, often as the result of bullying, she also intends to focus on helping young people seek treatment and support and to understand how peer pressure and even social media impact their mental health.
Through Silence the Shame, Shanti Das is not only lifting the veil off her struggles with depression, she is also inviting others to talk openly and candidly about mental health without fear or embarrassment, and helping to save lives.
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness month. Let us know how you’re getting involved with the hashtag #TheBridgeATT.