Deepika Padukone, who has been open about her struggle with depression, will launch an awareness campaign for the condition. Deepika will spread awareness about depression through her NGO ‘The Live Love Laugh’ Foundation. The program titled ‘You Are Not Alone’ will be launched on Wednesday. It will focus on educating high school students and teachers on stress, anxiety and depression, while also aiming to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health. Deepika hopes that the awareness campaign will “bring the issue of mental health from the shadows, of being spoken of in hushed tones, to our drawing rooms.”
Deepika Padukone Said:
“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 Padukone also added, “We believe that schools can be the first line of defense for emotional and mental health disorders in our youth. We could also help connect the schools to counselling organisations and independent counselors if they need such help. Our aim is to bring the issue of mental health from the shadows and include this discussion in drawing room conversations from being spoken of in hushed tones,”
“Our aim is to bring the issue of mental health from the shadows and include this discussion in drawing room conversations from being spoken of in hushed tones,” added Deepika, who launched her NGO in June 2015 after she came out about her personal fight against depression.
Deepika starts his own Alma mater Sophia’s High School in Bengaluru, the awareness campaign will cover over 500 schools in the year.
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) March 23, 2016