Mumbai, Oct 11: Actress Deepika Padukone says depression is not restricted to glamour and film world alone and can happen to anybody irrespective of the economic background. Deepika, who has personally been a victim of depression, launched her foundation – ‘Live Love Laugh’ dedicated to addressing the issue of mental health – today on the occasion of World Mental Health Day. Gauri was present at the event.
“I don’t think mental health or illness has anything to do with any particular industry. I think it can happen to anybody. I think we all should realise that beyond the baggage of what we carry of being the so-and-so we all are human beings first. It can happen to anybody. It doesn’t matter what your economic background is or what your profession is,” Deepika told reporters here in response to a query.
Considering she has good equation with two top stars of Bollywood — Shah Rukh Khan and Ranveer Singh — both of them have shown their support to this initiative. “Their love and blessings… you should ask them what they think and feel (about the initiative),” Deepika said. ALSO READ: Deepika Padukone: Would wish Amitabh Bachchan personally on his birthday
“I think everyone (Bollywood celebrities) in spirit (are attached to this programme). Everyone is aware that today is World Mental Health Day. In their own personal capacity, a lot of people have come forward,” she said. Deepika is open to act in a film on the subject of depression. “I think if dealt correctly then why not. I think in the West, a lot of movies are made on it,” she added.
The dimpled actress reveals she has been working hard with her team on getting this foundation in place. “We all decided to do this couple of months ago. It has been a lot of hard work. We have finally put this foundation together much sooner than we thought. We thought of launching it next year,” she added.
Although Deepika chose to speak about depression through her foundation as she herself has been a victim of it, she did not reveal much in detail about her causes of depression. “It germinated from my own experience and mine was stress, anxiety and depression. As a foundation, we would like to focus on this first. There are a lot of NGOs doing excellent work across the field of mental health,” she said. “As a foundation, since we are just starting up, we would like to focus on this first. We don’t want to take up too much. Also, this is our area of expertise,” she added.