Deepika Padukone spoke about depression back in 2015 and helped in making others aware about the stigma. She has now written an open letter for the 22nd-anniversary edition of a popular magazine, talking more about her fight with depression. In the letter, the actress has addressed those who are ‘suffering in silence’. Also Read - Goa Minister Asks Karan Johar's Dharma Productions to Apologise Publicly or Pay The Fine Over Waste-Management Issue
Deepika has also mentioned how she decided to come up with the idea of her own foundation to help those who are fighting anxiety, depression and stress. The letter, which will be published in Elle magazine, says, “As some of you may know, in the summer of 2014, I was diagnosed with anxiety and clinical depression. Fortunately, timely professional help coupled with the support of caregivers around me, empowered me towards the path of recovery. As I began to read more about the subject, I realised that there were millions of others like me who were suffering in silence.” Also Read - Charas Recovered From Deepika Padukone's Manager Karishma Prakash's House, NCB Says She Has Gone Missing
Deepika signs off in the letter by writing, “To anyone who sees darkness, I would like to say that you are not alone and that help is always available. For in the words of Stephen Fry, “It will be sunny one day”. Also Read - Drug Nexus Case: Deepika Padukone’s Manager Karishma Prakash was in Touch With Drug Peddlers
The magazine shared a copy of the letter on Instagram with the caption,”A few days before her wedding @deepikapadukone wrote a letter addressing her struggle with anxiety and depression, for our 22nd Anniversary Issue. By publicly talking about her own battles, she empowered many to reach out and seek help. Her letter is full of empathy and kindness, a reminder that (in the words of Stephen Fry) ‘it will be sunny one day'”
Deepika, who is now married to Ranveer Singh, has been very vocal about her fight with depression. She even became part of discussions and forums to talk about the stigma along with her family members. While talking at one such event, The World Congress on Information Technology and Nasscom India Leadership Forum, she was also quoted saying, “It’s okay to have moments of weakness, okay to break down and okay to cry. It’s okay if you don’t look great all the time”.