Deepika does her bit to help those bat­tling de­pres­sion

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Through this plat­form (a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to ad­dress­ing the is­sue of men­tal health), I hope oth­ers get the same kind of help that I had got

Deepika Padukone, ac­tor

Ac­tor Deepika Padukone (right), who made head­lines for re­veal­ing that she was a vic­tim of de­pres­sion, says it’s a ma­jor health is­sue in the coun­try, and needs to be ad­dressed.

“The fight against de­pres­sion is a cause very close to my heart, and is one of the largest health is­sues the coun­try is fac­ing to­day. Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced de­pres­sion in the re­cent past, I re­alise how dif­fi­cult it’s to recog­nise the prob­lem, find in­for­ma­tion and get the right kind of pro­fes­sional help,” says Deepika.

The ac­tor re­cently launched the logo of The Live Love Laugh Foun­da­tion, her non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to ad­dress­ing the is­sue of men­tal health in In­dia. She says the logo is based on the idea of hope and free­dom.

“Through this plat­form, I hope oth­ers get the same kind of help that I had got. My team and I are work­ing hard on it and the logo launch is a small step in that di­rec­tion,” says Deepika, who had first spo­ken about her plans to set up a foun­da­tion in an in­ter­view with a news chan­nel. The 29-yearold then de­cided to start a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that would in­crease aware­ness about men­tal health as an is­sue, re­duce the stigma around it and en­able sup­port to peo­ple af­fected by those is­sues.

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