Mumbai: Bollywood star Deepika Padukone who admitted to have suffered from depression is all set to launch an awareness campaign. Deepika will spread awareness about depression through her NGO The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF). The actor took medication and counselling to fight her depression last year.
Padukone who had recently came out and confessed about her struggle with depression is all set to launch her NGO on Wednesday a year-long awareness campaign ‘You Are Not Alone’ to take forward her fight.
The program will focus to educate and sensitise high school students and teachers on stress, anxiety and depression and enable them to identify signs of anxiety and depression.
“Last year, I spoke about my own fight with depression as I felt I could not just sit by and watch as people who were going through what I had gone through and 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,” Padukone said.
“We believe that schools can be the first line of defence for emotional and mental health disorders in our youth. We could also help connect the schools to counseling organisations and independent counselors if they need such help,” she said.
The program has been scheduled to begin in a few schools in March with the bulk of the programs lined up for June when the new academic session starts. She has planned to begin the awareness campaign with her own alma mater Sophia’s High School in Bengaluru.
Padukone said, “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.”