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Dear Sir, The article was very informative about how acceptance of change can be explained using the Kubler-Ross change model. In this digital age, it is a norm for people to keep appearances and perform well online (in social media) as well as offline (in offices, schools and colleges). There is an intense competition on Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp to be the one who posts most updates. Tremendous amounts of peer pressure and competition for students and working professionals result in intense stress. Students are under high-pressure to perform in examinations and score well. Those students who cannot keep up, succumb to depression and in worst cases, commit suicides. In the recent past, there has been a growing trend of suicides by students. India has become one of the world’s highest rates for suicide rates for youth aged between 15 and 29. Similarly, working professionals also suffer from balancing both work and personal life. A lack of exercise and proper diet is leading to many lifestyle diseases. These further add to mental stress and anxiety and lead to depression. The major challenges in dealing with depression are the lack of awareness of depression and social stigma attached to accepting that one has depression. Most people do not even know they are depressed. As pointed out wonderfully in the article, this leads to denial and anger as per Kubler-Ross change model. Individuals, then accept they have no choice and seep into depression. Those who do seek help end up still suffering as there is a huge shortage about 87% of mental health care professionals in India. Lack of counselling centres in schools and colleges also do not help. We need to collectively work towards providing training and information seminars in schools, colleges and offices to tackle depression. There should be support systems and counselling sessions. Friends and family should provide unconditional support to the person undergoing depression. Beyond all this, the government should significantly increase the spending on mental health and create awareness about depression among the public.

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