Deepika Padukone on Tuesday visited the Jagalur Taluka health centre in Devangere on the occasion of World Mental Health Day.
A victim of depression herself, Deepika launched the "Live, Love and Laugh Foundation" to battle the menace of depression which claims innocent lives across the globe. She is spearheading the foundation started with a noble cause.
She told a leading news channel,''The entire intention of coming out was to enable other people who might have been experiencing similar symptoms to seek help. Wherever in the world I go, I cannot tell you the number of people who identify with what I said... I honestly set out with the intention of helping even one life."
Talking about her mother’s fear of letting her announce to the world about her depression, she said, ‘’My mother usually does not step out of the house. Especially if it’s my film related work, you will never see her around. But now this is close to her heart too. She knows the impact that it has created in past 2 years. And more importantly her own transition from being afraid of letting her daughter sort of announce to the world on her own. It’s been a stigma.She has been a very important part in my recovery process.''
During her visit to Pallaghatte Primary Healthcare Centre, Deepika met few Doctors and Asha workers striving to help those fighting depression in their personal lives.
While speaking at the India Economic Summit, Deepika had recently shared that she was still battling with her psychological disease .’’ I don't think I can say that I'm completely over it (depression). There is always a fear at the back of my mind that I might have a relapse because it has been such a bad experience for me,’’ she said.