Deepika Padukone might be a successful star who has achieved both national and international recognition. But hard as it is to accept, this smiling, the succesful actor suffered from depression in the past. However, instead of hiding the fact or sweeping it under the carpet, Deepika fought with the ailment and has now started a foundation to help others who are suffering from depression.
Watch Deepika Padukone speaking at the event
Her aim is to free depression of its stigma and see it as a disease that you can fight and cure. She also wants to sensitise people around those suffering from depression.
At an event in Delhi on Monday, Deepika broke down while speaking her own experience. “Two years back, my family had come to see me. They were about to leave and I was all alone in my bedroom, curled up. My mother walked in and asked if everything was okay, I said yes. She asked again if it was work or something else that was bothering me, I said no. She asked me so many times that I felt myself choking and I broke into tears,” the actor recalled.
“I want to tell my mother that if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here. Thank you for being with me all through the way. Thank you to my sister, my father and friends who supported my immensely,” she added while wiping tears rolling down her cheeks.
While explaining how important it is to take the step of talking to the one suffering from depression, Deepika launched a social campaign through her Live Love Laugh foundation, #DOBARAPOOCHO. “In the times we are living today, we have become so competitive, which is a good thing, but we have become extremely insensitive too. Through this campaign, I dedicate this to people who have survived depression, people suffering through it even now and urge the society to become more sensitive.”
Deepika said she is extremely happy that she now see articles being written about depression and people having a conversation about it, which proves it is losing its stigma. “I did not want to be in the situation I was. I wanted to come out of it desperately. As they say that every solution is within your own self, I found the strength within me and also the people I had around who made me believe that I can rely on them,” Deepika said on being asked how she came out of depression.
She added that the day we lose the stigma attached to mental illness, half of the battle will be won. “If there is hope, there is a way.”