After Adnan Malik and Mawra Hocane, Armeena Khan has also decided to open up about suffering from and overcoming mental health issues.
The Sherdil actor took to Instagram to recap the past ten years, opening up about eating disorders and anxiety and how defeating her demons is one of her achievements of the decade, making sure to point out this is but "a small snippet of my journey."
Khan revealed, "So this decade, I conquered eating disorders (exacerbated by my media job), anxiety (nearly) and low self-esteem (thats right, I had it). Here I was a size 00 weighed 39 Kgs and severely malnourished. I was very sick."
"I’m sharing this story not as a victim but as a victor. I conquered these and so I class them as some of my biggest achievements these last few years. I am happy in my skin now, I meditate and I eat healthy and I have a general feeling of well-being."
She added, "The purpose is to tell you all that you are beautiful no matter what shape or size you are, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The most important thing in this world is your health."
Armeena ended her note with an uplifting message: "To all those suffering from these horrible ailments, I’m sending you big hugs, positive energy and I pray that you may prevail."
While it's heartbreaking to know so many around us are grappling with mental health problems, it's refreshing to see our celebrities opening up about a subject that is still considered a taboo for many. When public figures normalise talking about mental illness, it can help down stigma or inspire others to seek treatment.
All the more power to Armeena!