'When dreams die': Actress's harrowing final post before tragic death

An Indian actress shared one final heartbreaking message to Instagram before taking her own life.

Preksha Mehta, who appeared on the Indian TV crime series Crime Patrol, was reportedly struggling with mental illness before her death at her home in Mumbai on Monday (local time), India TV reported.

Before her death the 25-year-old uploaded an Instagram story saying, “The death of the dreams is the worst thing”.

Ms Mehta was believed to have been under stress due to the coronavirus lockdown and the negative implications it had on her acting career, according to a SpotboyE report.

Crime Patrol actress Preksha Mehta took her own life on Monday in Mumbai. Source: Instagram/iamprekshamehta

Her dad discovered her body the following day and rushed her to hospital, where she was declared dead, India TV reported.

The publication said police believe she had been in the city since the lockdown, and they were investigating circumstances surrounding her death.

The actress’s death came after fellow actor Manmeet Grewal, who starred in drama series Kuldeepak, took his life days earlier.

He was widely reported to have also been struggling mentally due to the effects of coronavirus on his ability to work.

Australia’s federal health minister Greg Hunt announced earlier this month a $500 million injection into mental health, as the number of people taking their own lives was expected to skyrocket.

The modelling assessed by Mr Hunt prior to his announcement predicted “a 25 per cent increase in suicides”, with about 30 per cent of those expected to be young people.

The Australian Medical Association and Sydney University, which developed the modelling, noted young people made up most of the casual workforce, where many lost jobs due to the pandemic.

“Many students and younger people working in retail and hospitality have lost their income, and are unable to continue their studies,” a statement read.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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