‘Depression not limited to glamour and filmdom alone’

Actor 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 media.

Considering she has <g data-gr-id="36">good</g> 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.

“I think everyone (Bollywood celebrities) in spirit (<g data-gr-id="33">are</g> 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 <g data-gr-id="31">act</g> 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.
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