It’s been almost two years since actor Deepika Padukone revealed having battled clinical depression. But the 30-year-old couldn’t stop her tears as she recalled her experience on World Mental Health Day on Monday. For her NGO, the Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF), Deepika launched a nationwide public awareness campaign on mental health, jointly with Indian Psychiatric Society and the Indian Medical Association.
“If it wasn’t for you, mom, I wouldn’t be here” — these were the actor’s words as she stepped on the podium at ITC Maurya. Talking to us later, Deepika shared that it was her mother Ujjala who had identified her depression and urged her to get help. “My mother immediately knew what I was going through. We reached out for help and thanks to my doctors, I’m fine today… The people I was surrounded by supported me in my recovery. Even when I chose to speak about it, they were encouraging,” said the actor, who may have set a precedent for celebs to talk about their personal struggles. Filmmaker Karan Johar, too, opened up about depression whereas actor Anushka Sharma spoke about taking medication for anxiety. But Deepika refuses to take credit.