By Nitish Verma
Deepika Padukone has been an active advocate of mental health awareness and has been extensively working towards de-stigmatising mental illness
The actress, who came out in 2015 as having battled depression, runs the Live Love Laugh Foundation, which aims to help those struggling with their mental health
Padukone founded the Live Love Laugh Foundation —"an NGO working to reduce the stigma around mental health and spread awareness about it."
She also started a program for students, teachers In 2016, Padukone's Foundation had launched You Are Not Alone
A helpline number was also given for free counseling For this mission, her NGO Live Love Laugh joined hands with another NGO called Sangath
Padukone had launched 'Frontline Assist' for COVID-19 warriors to overcome stress and anxiety during the pandemic.
She launched first-of-its-kind audio festival 'Care Package' on Clubhouse curated by Deepika from leaders around the world that prioritise 'Care'
She has even received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in 2020 for her contribution in spreading awareness about mental health.