Deepika Padukone, who was diagnosed with depression during the peak of her career, founded the Live Love Laugh Foundation. She decided to come out and speak about her own personal struggle to encourage people to come out and openly talk about mental health/depression. She subsequently focused her energies on creating this unique foundation.
The foundation seeks to champion the cause of mental health in India, with a focus on depression in particular. Besides spreading awareness, it also aims to support and carry out various on-ground activities – training GPs, creating a national database of mental healthcare professionals for easy access, developing help-lines with actual health-care professionals, furthering the cause through fundraising, partnering with other organisations and NGOs and establishing strong links with reputed institutes such as NIMHANS and TISS. The organisation will also associate and collaborate with other NGOs in the mental health space for on-ground programmes and projects, and fund and support research and data collection on mental health. Another focus area would be granting scholarships and other support to research associates.