Deepika broke down while speaking her own past experience with depression saying that she is happy in a way that she now sees articles being written about depression and people having open conversations about it, which proves that it is losing its stigma.
October 10th also marks the Word Mental Health Day.
The other celebrity who has spoken about his fight with the condition is producer, director and chat show host Karan Johar.
“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 and 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.
The actress spoke at an event in Delhi on Monday.
“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.
In order to help those who are suffering from depression, Deepika launched a social campaign through her Live Love Laugh foundation, #DOBARAPOOCHO.
“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.”
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.”
Today she is one of the most celebrated actresses in Bollywood in addition to being one of the highest paid actresses of the world, and Bollywood, making inroads to Hollywood and about to star in another block buster epic Padmavati with Ranveer Singh who is referred to as her real life love interest. Ranveer too spoke about depression last week. – CINEWS