DEEPIKA TO NOW HELP DIS­TRESSED FARM­ERS

Af­ter Ma­ha­rash­tra CM gave Deepika a ‘mis­sion’ to help with farmer sui­cides in the state, she has in­structed her NGO to start the work

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Ear­lier this year,

Deepika Padukone con­fessed about her strug­gle with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion (around early 2014) at a time when she was be­ing cel­e­brated as one of the most sought-af­ter ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood. On Oc­to­ber 10, the ac­tor launched a foun­da­tion, Live Love Laugh, ded­i­cated to help­ing those who suf­fer from men­tal health is­sues.

Through this foun­da­tion, Deepika will also help the farm­ers of Ma­ha­rash­tra. At the launch event, chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis said that he “would like to give Deepika a mis­sion... to en­gage with the farm­ers,” against the back­drop of the agrar­ian cri­sis, re­sult­ing in sev­eral farmer sui­cides in the state over the past few years.

Deepika seems to have taken the CM’s ‘mis­sion’ very se­ri­ously. “She im­me­di­ately asked her core team to start do­ing ex­ten­sive re­search on the roles that de­pres­sion and men­tal health is­sues play in the case of farmer sui­cides. She is get­ting a study con­ducted in a sci­en­tific man­ner to un­der­stand the is­sue bet­ter,” says an in­sider.

At the event, Fad­navis also said, “We did a sur­vey (with re­gard to farmer sui­cides) in two places, and found out that 40% of the farm­ers were un­der stress.”

Deepika is keen on help­ing the farm­ers. The in­sider adds, “Once her team is done with the re­search, Deepika will take the next step to help the farm­ers. Through her foun­da­tion, she plans to reach out to peo­ple from all walks of life who are suf­fer­ing from men­tal health prob­lems, and that in­cludes farm­ers too.”

De­spite re­peated at­tempts, Deepika couldn’t be reached for a com­ment.

PHOTO: RAJ K RAJ/HT

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