Deepika Padukone, who in the past has been an active advocate for mental health awareness and has battled depression in the past, is currently in Thiruvalllur in Tamil Nadu expanding her mental health foundation Live Love Laugh’s mental health program for the rural community ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10. During her journey, the actor opened up about the importance of the caregiver when dealing with mental illness. Speaking to NDTV, the actor revealed that if her mother hadn’t identified her symptoms, she doesn’t know what state she would have been in today.
When Deepika was questioned about the role of the family in mental health, she said: “It is extremely crucial. Even during my personal journey, the caregiver role has been extremely important, that is why my mother is here, that is why my sister is so I’ve been passionate about this cause for years and that’s why when I hear the stories of the caregivers I understand how equally important that is, and the emotional wellbeing of the caregiver is just as important as the emotional wellbeing of the person experiencing mental illness.”
She added: “In my own case, for example, if my mother and the caregiver had not identified my symptoms, at my moment of vulnerability, if she had not had the presence of mind to tell me or help me contact to take with the professionals I would I don’t know what state I would be in today Making sure I was regular with my treatment, with my consultations with the doctors, and of course it takes its toll on the healthcare provider too and that’s not something new. I think caregivers in general, whether it’s a mental illness or some other form of illness, it takes its toll on the caregiver.”
Deepika Padukone came out in 2015 about her mental illness, revealing that she was battling depression and seeking help a year before. Her foundation, Live Love Laugh, aims to help people struggling with their mental health.
In another case, recalling her ordeal with depression, Deepika told NDTV, “My parents live in Bengaluru and every time they visit me, even now when they visit me, I always do a brave front, like everything is fine, you know you always want to show your parents you’re okay…so i did one of those things like i was okay…until one day they left, they went back to bengaluru and i broke down and my mom asked me the usual hygiene questions like… is it a boyfriend? is it someone at work? did something happen? and i just had no answers… it was none of these things and it just came a very empty, hollow place. And she knew right away, and I think God was sent for me.”
Deepika Padukone recently appeared in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra part one: Shiva. The actor will soon be seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathan, which is slated for a January 25 release. Deepika will also be featured in Hrithik Roshan’s Fighter and the official Hindi remake of the 2015 Hollywood movie The internalso starring Amitabh Bachchan.