Champions League

The only thing I ask is don’t boo me at Bernabeu: Ronaldo after rescuing Real Madrid once again

The Portuguese striker scored a hat-trick against Bayern Munich, which took Real to the semi-finals of the Champions League for a seventh consecutive time.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another hat-trick, getting his 100th goal in the Champions League and powering Real Madrid into the semi-finals for a seventh consecutive season, after a 4-2 win over Bayern Munich set up a 6-3 aggregate victory.

It was a phenomenal effort from the Fifa Player of the Year, but he was still jeered by the Real Madrid home crowd at Santiago Bernabeu after a couple of misfiring shots early on. Ronaldo proved to be the difference in the end, and the Portuguese striker didn’t let go of the opportunity to call out the demanding fans after the match.

“I want them to stop booing me because I always give my best, and even when I don’t score I try to help Real Madrid.” Ronaldo told Spanish TV station Antena 3. “I’m not asking them to name streets after me, the only thing I ask is that they don’t boo me here,” he added.

One can imagine Ronaldo’s plight, being booed by his home crowd despite being the standout performer for the La Liga table toppers and scoring a brace in Munich that had given his team a crucial 2-1 lead in the first leg.

On Tuesday, Ronaldo netted a header after Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern. Sergio Ramos’ own goal then levelled the scores on aggregate, before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick in extra time.

Although his last two goals were contentious, seen to be scored from offside positions, Ronaldo’s fifth goal of the tie made him the first player to reach 100 goals in the Champions League. The four-times World Player of the Year put his finger to his lips to the supporters who had booed him earlier.

Manager Zinedine Zidane also weighed in on the mattre, saying that Real players should get used to the pressure from the home crowd. “Perhaps the fans won’t boo him anymore, but this is the Bernabeu and it can happen from time to time and he knows that,” said the former Real player.

“The only thing he did was to stay calm and he proved himself on the pitch. There are few players that are always there in the key moments, and the fans will be grateful for what Cristiano has done here.

“He always knows that when there’s an important occasion, he’s going to be there and he showed it again tonight. What he did is outside any sort of category. There are few players who can do what Ronaldo has done and we all know that,” Zidane was quoted as saying.

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Insights that emerged from discussions around mental health at a village this World Mental Health Day.

Questioning is the art of learning. For an illness as debilitating as depression, asking the right questions is an important step in social acceptance and understanding. How do I open-up about my depression to my parents? Can meditation be counted as a treatment for depression? Should heartbreak be considered as a trigger for deep depression? These were some of the questions addressed by a panel consisting of the trustees and the founder of The Live Love Lough Foundation (TLLLF), a platform that seeks to champion the cause of mental health. The panel discussion was a part of an event organised by TLLLF to commemorate World Mental Health Day.

According to a National Mental Health Survey of India 2015-16, conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), common mental disorders including depression, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders affect nearly 10% of the population, with 1 in 20 people in India suffering from depression. The survey reported a huge treatment gap, a problem that is spread far and wide across urban and rural parts of the country.

On 10th of October, trustees of the foundation, Anna Chandy, Dr. Shyam Bhat and Nina Nair, along with its founder, Deepika Padukone, made a visit to a community health project centre in Devangere, Karnataka. The project, started by The Association of People with Disability (APD) in 2010, got a much-needed boost after partnering with TLLLF 2 years ago, helping them reach 819 people suffering from mental illnesses and spreading its program to 6 Taluks, making a difference at a larger scale.

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During the visit, the TLLLF team met patients and their families to gain insights into the program’s effectiveness and impact. Basavaraja, a beneficiary of the program, spoke about the issues he faced because of his illness. He shared how people used to call him mad and would threaten to beat him up. Other patients expressed their difficulty in getting access to medical aid for which they had to travel to the next biggest city, Shivmoga which is about 2 hours away from Davangere. A marked difference from when TLLLF joined the project two years ago was the level of openness and awareness present amongst the villagers. Individuals and families were more expressive about their issues and challenges leading to a more evolved and helpful conversation.

The process of de-stigmatizing mental illnesses in a community and providing treatment to those who are suffering requires a strong nexus of partners to make progress in a holistic manner. Initially, getting different stakeholders together was difficult because of the lack of awareness and resources in the field of mental healthcare. But the project found its footing once it established a network of support from NIMHANS doctors who treated the patients at health camps, Primary Healthcare Centre doctors and the ASHA workers. On their visit, the TLLLF team along with APD and the project partners discussed the impact that was made by the program. Were beneficiaries able to access the free psychiatric drugs? Did the program help in reducing the distance patients had to travel to get treatment? During these discussions, the TLLLF team observed that even amongst the partners, there was an increased sense of support and responsiveness towards mental health aid.

The next leg of the visit took the TLLLF team to the village of Bilichodu where they met a support group that included 15 patients and caregivers. Ujjala Padukone, Deepika Padukone’s mother, being a caregiver herself, was also present in the discussion to share her experiences with the group and encouraged others to share their stories and concerns about their family members. While the discussion revolved around the importance of opening up and seeking help, the team brought about a forward-looking attitude within the group by discussing future possibilities in employment and livelihood options available for the patients.

As the TLLLF team honoured World Mental Health day, 2017 by visiting families, engaging with support groups and reviewing the successes and the challenges in rural mental healthcare, they noticed how the conversation, that was once difficult to start, now had characteristics of support, openness and a positive outlook towards the future. To continue this momentum, the organisation charted out the next steps that will further enrich the dialogue surrounding mental health, in both urban and rural areas. The steps include increasing research on mental health, enhancing the role of social media to drive awareness and decrease stigma and expanding their current programs. To know more, see here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of The Live Love Laugh Foundation and not by the Scroll editorial team.