Deepika Padukone, internationally known and respected actresses from Bollywood, has never failed to leave a mark. Be it making a fashion statement or trying to inspire people. She has yet again made a bold move by talking about her story of fighting with depression across a border. In an interview with the New York Times, a reputed American daily, actress Deepika Padukone spoke about mental stress and the loneliness one can feel even when there are a lot of things happening around them.
In a first-person piece, she throws light on how according to W.H.O, 300 million people across the world are facing the same challenge silently and totally unaware of the fact that what is happening to them. She says, “Only a person close to you like your mother will only notice such things.”
When she faced a similar situation a few years back in her life, she was a frontier to address the issue and came up with the foundation called ‘The Live Love Laugh Foundation’. In India where Mental Health is treated as a taboo, Deepika Padukone wants to remove the stigma around the illness and urge people to break the silence about their stories and seek help if required to come out of this situation. Her foundation aims at spreading awareness via various mediums. “Over the past four years the Live Love Laugh Foundation has worked to increase awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness in India. We have run public health campaigns, started school programs, conducted studies, partnered with doctors and launched a mental health care project devoted to rural parts of the country,” she said.
“Our main goal is to remind people that they have a chance for a better life. That is why we named the foundation “Live Love Laugh” — it’s about what a person feels as much as it is about the medical aspect of treating their illness. We are committed to giving hope to those affected by mental illness, and a big part of that consists of teaching people to be kinder to themselves,” Deepika further added.
It is so inspiring to see the actress address this issue at an international level like this.