At the launch of the lecture series of her mental health awareness foundation, ‘Live Love Laugh’, Deepika Padukone started a conversation about depression, she said, “I think the conversation has opened up (on mental health). I don’t think there’s as much stigma as there used to be four years ago. But we certainly have a long way to go in terms of creating more awareness. I think that’s where we need to keep the conversation alive.”
She said that still we have to cover a lot when it comes to mental health awareness, “It’s been an incredible journey since we developed our foundation… it’s been 4 years now and today we launch our first lecture series and I think we have come a long way and in all certainty, we have a long way to go. But I think as far as the conversation around mental health is concerned I think we have come a long way.” Deepika added: “I think media has had a huge role in that in opening up the conversation in various ways whether its interviews, write-ups and articles… but we certainly have a long way to go and that’s why we have the lecture series today.” The ‘Padmavat’ actress herself battled with depression a few years back.
Pulitzer Prize winning author and Padma Shree awardee Siddhartha Mukherjee delivered the maiden lecture and the Deepika’s parents as well as her sister were also present at the event. Veteran actress Sharmila was also one of the attendees.