When an event called ‘India Economic Summit’ held by ‘World Economic Forum’ is held, one doesn’t expect a session on mental session would be held. But believe it or not, this forum has made an attempt to speak about depression at such an event which is a welcome change. What’s more, actress Deepika Padukone has come forward to talk about it while conversing with renowned neuroscientist and physician Murali Doraiswamy and journalist Barkha Dutt.
Deepika talked in detail about what she went through during her phase of depression and coming out of it. She said that it started with “a feeling of not being completely there”. She thanked her counsellor Anna Chandy and said that if not for the comfort level she shared with her, she might not have reached out to her. Also her mother suggested that she take help and emphasized that acceptance is the road to recovery. Deepika Padukone further added that her heart breaks when she reads about suicide news in newspapers since she feels that it’s preventable. She recommended that mental health education should be implemented from school level.
Deepika Padukone’s tryst with depression led her to start The Live Love Laugh Foundation so that she can offer help to those who are depressed. She said that India has the highest suicide rate and that she hopes that hopefully one day India can be the happiest country in the world.