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Mansha Pasha sheds light on Postpartum Depression

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At a time where mental health is rarely ever discussed or given the importance it deserves, any effort that does so must be applauded. Mansha Pasha’s latest venture aims to highlight a common problem that is faced by numerous women all over the world but is addressed and acknowledged by only a few.

In collaboration with the social welfare organization, Elaj Trust, the Chalay Thay Saath star has recently released her second directorial venture. The video aims to cause awareness and create a dialogue around Postpartum Depression (PPD), a common condition for women after childbirth. Not only has Mansha acted in the short public service message, but she has written and directed the short video as well. Starring Mansha opposite Fahad Mirza, the video shows the story of an excited couple who can’t wait for the arrival of their baby. However, once the baby is born, the mother is suddenly withdrawn and unhappy and both husband and wife don’t quite understand what’s going on.

Something Haute spoke to Mansha regarding this much needed collaboration. “My friend Jibran (Nasir) works for Elaj Trust so he approached me for this venture. We did a lot of research and discovered that talking heads don’t have the kind of impact that is needed for an issue such as this. So, we decided to create a narrative and use an emotional plug to get the message across.”

Mansha Pasha


Mansha also discovered various facts about Postpartum Depression. “For instance, many women don’t even know what PPD is. Such women go through a lot in their lives because their husbands and in-laws expect them to be happy after delivering the baby but they don’t understand that women go through severe hormonal changes right after giving birth which sometimes gives them depression.” Luckily, there is treatment easily available for it, but the idea is that PPD needs to first be taken seriously.

Speaking in detail about her experience with directing, Mansha revealed that she is quite enjoying the role of a director. “I would love to pursue direction later on in my career but of course, I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew at the moment. Direction is very difficult work and I’m sort of learning with these short videos right now.”

Read: Mansha Pasha addresses the hypocrisy of artists in Ramzan

The actor turned director also revealed that she is in talks with Elaj Trust for the remainder of the videos. “This is a series of public service messages that aim to create awareness and dialogues around issues that affect women and their health. We’ve agreed to do 6 videos; two have already been released, we’re currently planning the remaining 4.”

Mansha’s first directorial video created awareness around the topic of child marriages.

Postpartum Depression – #IlmSeElaj

"Postpartum depression (PPD) is common among women in Pakistan, with a prevalence rate ranging from 28 percent to 63 percent, placing it among the highest in Asia. PPD has devastating effects on mothers, infants and families. Several factors contribute to the development of PPD in Pakistan, including environmental, cultural and social factors." (Gulamani, Shaikh, Chagani, Nursing for Women's Health, 2013)Mothers also experience a relatively less serious condition known as Postpartum blues and some experience a far more serious condition known as Postpartum Psychosis. It is advised that all pregnant women should consult their doctors about postpartum depression and those with a history of mental illnesses in their family are specially advised to inform their doctor of the said history. For details on symptoms of Postpartum Depression please refer to: you liked this message than please support us in creating more awareness around mother and child health. To Donate:Account Title :ELAJ TRUSTBank: Summit BankAccount Number:01990526001714110633IBAN: PK73SUMB9905207140110633Swift Code:SUMBPKKAWritten and Directed by: Mansha PashaProduced by: Elaj TrustLine Producer: Nadir ShahzadDir. of Photography: Salar YousufzaiCast: Fahad Mirza and Mansha Pasha Editor: Sourath Behan Audio Engineer: Mohammad Ali Graphics: Amna Abbas Stats/Research: Dr. Talha Rehman Camera Department: Ashraf – Azadfilms Production Assistant: Osama Mehtab Makeup: JosephineSpotboy: Irfan

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Manal Faheem Khan

The author is Contributing Editor at Something Haute who has studied film and journalism from SZABIST. Will be found at the gym if not in the office.