Deepika Padukone set a benchmark as to how celebs should become role models when she opened up about her struggle with depression. In a moving interview with a news channel, she poured her heart out. Later, she established an NGO Live, Laugh, Love foundation to help people struggling with mental health issues and raise awareness about the same. Today, her sister, Anisha Padukone has given her account of how she felt during that time.
Talking to News 18, Anisha opened up and said, "Honestly, it was difficult for me as I had very little idea about mental illness and the role of a caregiver. Coping with mental illness affects both the individuals and members of their immediate family. There was not much information available where I could learn and equip myself to be of help. There were times when I felt helpless. Fortunately for us, my mother noticed something was wrong. We then approached a counsellor who is also a very close family friend and things worked out.”
Recently in June, Deepika had posted a heartfelt note after the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. “Depression today is a growing epidemic, yet there is so much stigma attached to it that individuals are obtained dissuaded from seeking help. Asking someone to just “snap out of it” is the equivalent of telling someone with a broken leg to continue walking,” Deepika wrote.
She further added, “The next time you feel something is amiss amongst family, friends, or coworkers do not hesitate to ask them if they are okay. It may seem like prodding, they may think you are being inquisitive, you may come across as pushy. Even if they do not open up let them know that you care and that you are there for them when they are ready to open up. An act of kindness and compassion can save life and #TogetherAgainstDepression we can make a difference,”
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