Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone accepts the Crystal Award during the opening of the 50th World Economic Forum. (Image courtesy: Twitter)

On Monday, actress Deepika Padukone received the annual Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum(WEF) 2020 in Davos for spreading awareness about the importance of mental health.

Deepika is the only Indian actress to have received such an honour at Davos summit.


While receiving the award, Deepika spoke about her own struggles battling depression and anxiety.

“My love and hate relationship with this has taught me a lot and I want to tell everyone suffering from this that you are not alone,” she said.

“Depression is a common medical illness. It is important to understand that anxiety and depression are like any other illness and are treatable. Acceptance is the first step to recovery. It was the experience with this illness that encouraged me to set up Live Love Laugh,” she said.


“One trillion dollars is the estimated impact of depression and mental illness on the world economy,” she added.

“In the time it has taken me to accept this award, the world has lost one more person to suicide. That person may have been a father, a mother, a son or daughter, a brother or sister, a friend, a family member or a colleague. Every 40 seconds one person dies by suicide somewhere in the world.” she said.


Deepika was given the award for her leadership in raising mental health awareness She started voicing her opinion on the importance of mental health through her foundation The Live Love Laugh Foundation in June 2015. The foundation raises awareness about mental adolescent, mental health disorders and organises research, lectures and training sessions.

 

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Meanwhile, Deepika was last seen in Chhapaak that is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, the film also features Vikrant Massey.

 

 

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