Few years back, Deepika Padukone came forward about suffering from one of the most deadly and yet understated problems of modern society: Depression!
It was in 2014 that Deepika was suffering from depression, and by 2015 she had overcome this challenge (with professional help). And, she went on to encourage others to speak out about their problems.
In fact, she became a role model for people suffering from mental disorder and created a lot of positive public discourse around it. She even started Live, Love, Laugh Foundation to build awareness and help people in need to overcome this disease.
Now, just before her wedding with Ranveer Singh this year, Deepika decided to pen down a letter to motivate her fans suffering from depression and anxiety.
She spoke of her struggle, how her family & support system helped her and how she is now helping people in a similar situation.
“Dear readers, As some of you know, in the summer of 2014, I was diagnosed with anxiety and clinical depression. Fortunately, timely professional help coupled with the support of caregivers around me, empowered me towards the path of recovery.
As I began to read about the subject, I realised that there were millions like me, who were suffering in silence. Subsequently, as difficult as it was at the time, I decided to talk about my personal journey on national television, with the hope of encouraging others to also seek help.
Thereafter in June 2015, I founded the Live, Love, Laugh Foundation to create awareness about stress, anxiety and depression and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.”
She ended the letter with,
“To anyone who sees darkness, I would like to say you are not alone and that help is always available. In the words of Stephen Fry, there will be sun one day.”