Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone launched her foundation The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF) in Delhi. All pictures/Pallav Paliwal
Deepika Padukone was with her mother and younger sister to launch a report on Public Perception Towards Mental Health in India by her foundation The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF), which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health
As multiple Bollywood films are celebrating how weaknesses can be turned into strengths, leading actress Deepika Padukone says it is important for celebrities to use their place of influence and power to bring about change in society
Deepika Padukone's sister Anisha Padukone
Mental illness is still considered a severe disorder like schizophrenia and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by a majority of people, indicates a report on Public Perception Towards Mental Health in India. The findings are based on views of 3,556 respondents across eight Indian cities, and highlights the importance of focused stigma-reduction programmes in mental health initiatives
Deepika Padukone, who had earlier opened up about battling depression, told the media: "When we were talking about more celebrities coming out and speaking and when we were talking about stigma, there is a lot of miscommunication that depression happens to people who are successful
Deepika Padukone said, "I want to clarify that it can happen to anybody from any field. There is a perception that it happens to big (popular) people who are successful. It is sometimes perceived as luxury... (But) It is important to break that myth."
Deepika said she wants to see India as the happiest nation in the world
Deepika Padukone said, "My vision for the Foundation is that we become the happiest country in the world. I see Bhutan having their happiness minister, and even some of the Scandinavian countries have the highest rate of mental happiness and I want India to be there, sooner or later."
Deepika Padukone was accompanied on Friday by Sanjeeva Kumar, Additional Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare and Anna Chandy, Chair of TLLLF's Board of Trustees and Dr Shyam Bhat, Trustee - TLLLF, for the report's launch
Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone launched The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF) in New Delhi. Her sister Anisha was also present. We have pictures