Deepika Padukone has championed the cause of mental health and shared her journey of overcoming depression publicly. She eventually set up her own foundation that helps create awareness about mental health and fights the stigma attached to it. Deepika’s foundation has helped many patients come to the forefront to seek help.
In the wake of the unfortunate demise of legendary handbag designer Kate Spade and renowned TV host and presenter Anthony Bourdain, Deepika shared a strong message through her social media account. Both Kate Spade and Bourdain committed suicide in the last week, shocking fans across the globe. Many are still in utter disbelief that their idols have taken their own life.
Deepika posted, “Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain were pioneers in their respective fields. They both carved a niche for themselves by doing the unexpected. They not only changed the world of fashion and food forever but were also loved by millions across the world. To the outside world, they seemed ‘happy’. They seemingly “had it all”. Then how did they ‘fall’ into depression?”
The post further read, “We don’t ask why someone who “had it all” was detected with a fatal illness, why someone who “had it all’ broke their foot or why someone who “had it all” met with an accident. Just like all other illnesses, depression does not discriminate.
The element of depression that is grossly misunderstood is the belief that you have control over your illness. In reality, you don’t. The illness will creep into your life, and if left untreated, may completely engulf you. You are not in the driver’s seat anymore, the illness is. It will tell you where to go, what to eat and when to sleep.”