WEB DESK: Once in a press conference, Deepika Padukone accepted to have suffered from depression. This brought the actress to tears in the very same conference. The actress has now agreed to launch a campaign against the problem she has gone through and spread awareness about it.
“Last year, I spoke about my own fight with depression as I felt I could not just sit by and watch as people were going through what I had gone through. So, we decided to launch ‘You Are Not Alone’ with an idea to raise awareness and to enable students and teachers to identify signs of anxiety and depression,” Deepika said in a statement.
Deepika’s father Prakash Padukone added, “I was worried about the health of my daughter and we wanted her to be fine.” The Piku actor agreed that depression has changed her. “A lot of experiences we go through in life makes us learn something, and it makes one a better person,” she said.
Deepika will spread awareness about depression through her NGO The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF).
“We need to de-stigmatize mental illness and spread awareness about mental health. I know in the current scenario we lead stressful lives, but you have to keep reminding yourself that it is important to live, love and laugh. After all, that is what life is all about,” Deepika said during the launch. “Most importantly, for people like me who have had an experience with anxiety and depression, I think it is important to know that there is hope,” she added.
“We believe that schools can be the first line of defence for emotional and mental health disorders in our youth. We could also help connect the schools to counselling organisations and independent counsellors if they need such help,” Deepika said.
“Our aim is to bring the issue of mental health out of the shadows and include this discussion in drawing room conversations instead of being spoken of in hushed tones,” added the Tamasha actress, who launched her NGO in June 2015 after she came out about her personal fight against depression.