Deepika Padukone has raised the importance of spreading awareness about mental health at the launch of her NGO, Live Love Laugh. In January this year, she broke her silence for the first time in an HT exclusive to tell the world that she was struggling with anxiety and depression, at a time when she was establishing her credentials as one of Bollywood’s most sought after actors.
“Over the past few weeks, Deepika was busy shooting for Padmavati, promoting her Hollywood film (Xxx: Return of Xander Cage) across the globe, and has also been making time for her multiple brand endorsements. But still, Deepika made sure that she keeps aside some time every few days to stay updated on the activities of her foundation,” says the source. The source added that the Chennai Express (2013) actor is “actively involved” in the functioning of the foundation, and is also in touch with her team of specialists, doctors and counsellors, who fill her in on the experiences they have had with people who approach the organisation. “The foundation is close to Deepika’s heart, and so, regardless of her busy schedule, she will always make time for it at regular intervals,” the source says. Deepika couldn’t be reached for a comment.
Deepika agrees, “Mental Health has assumed the scale of an epidemic and we truly need to work together to bring psychiatric disorders out of the shadows and into the light. We are seeing several individuals and organisations step forward to support our efforts. There is so much to do and so many more people who need help to cope with their challenges. We look forward to working together in the mission to make Mental Health a national priority!