‘De­pres­sion not lim­ited to glam­our and film­dom alone’

Ac­tor Deepika Padukone says de­pres­sion can hap­pen to any­one

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Ac­tor Deepika Padukone (right) says that de­pres­sion is not re­stricted to the glam­our and film world alone and can hap­pen to any­body, ir­re­spec­tive of their eco­nomic back­ground. Deepika, who has per­son­ally been a vic­tim of de­pres­sion, launched her foun­da­tion ded­i­cated to ad­dress­ing the is­sue of men­tal health — on the oc­ca­sion of World Men­tal Health Day re­cently. “I don’t think men­tal health or ill­ness has any­thing to do with any par­tic­u­lar in­dus­try. I think it can hap­pen to any­body. It doesn’t mat­ter what your eco­nomic back­ground is or what your pro­fes­sion is,” she said.

Con­sid­er­ing Deepika has a good equa­tion with ac­tors Shah Rukh Khan and Ran­veer Singh, both of them have shown their sup­port to this ini­tia­tive. “I think ev­ery­one in Bol­ly­wood is at­tached to this pro­gramme in spirit. In their own per­sonal ca­pac­ity, a lot of peo­ple have come for­ward,” she said.

In­ter­est­ingly, Deepika is open to act­ing in a film on the sub­ject of de­pres­sion. “I think if dealt with cor­rectly, such a film might work. One sees a lot of films in the West be­ing made on this topic,” she added.

Although the Piku ac­tor 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 why she was de­pressed. “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 stress first. We don’t want to take up too much. Also, this is our area of ex­per­tise,” she added.

I don’t think men­tal health or ill­ness has any­thing to do with any par­tic­u­lar in­dus­try

Deepika Padukone, ac­tor

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