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House of Secrets – The Burari Deaths – An important discussion on Mental Health

A crime-thriller documentary has been on everyone’s mind and trending number 2 on Netflix called ‘House of Secrets – The Burari Deaths’.

After a few friends suggested me this documentary, I was intrigued. The series is just 3 episodes long and can be a feature film movie.

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The documentary series takes you back to 2018 in Burari, Delhi where 11 members of the Chundawat family or Bhatia family as they refer in the documentary committed mass suicide.

The entire premise of this case is gory and horrifying and as you reach the second episode you get to know what it is all about.

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The docu-series highlights an important issue of unaddressed mental health issues. The main protagonist behind all this was the youngest son of the family ‘Lalit’.

So not getting into spoilers, let us talk about why such an incident happened in the first place. According to OurWorldInData.Org, 10 to 11% of people in the world are suffering from one or the other mental illness in 2017.

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According to reports of WHO, 20% of the world population, especially children and adolescents are suffering from a mental illness.

Mental Health is a stigma in our society, even in our homes when we start talking about it we mention, ‘yeh to Pagal hai’ and brush the topic aside as no one wants to take about crazy as it is too harsh for them.

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Dealing with mental illness is a challenge not just for the patient but also for their families. In the case of the Chundawat family, the entire family was brainwashed into a myth – well-educated members of the family fell for a very convincing trap that even the patient didn’t know well about.

This also shows a very dark side of the human brain and to what extent it can go, if the trauma in one’s life is not addressed properly. Therapy helps and it has proven beneficial for many people.

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According to some statistics, only 1 in 8 people get therapy and the percentage has gradually increased from 2000 to 2014 as more and more people are becoming aware and conscious about this topic.

Mental Health is something that no one can see and the worst part of it is, no one bothers to actually see it even if it is right in front of them.

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