Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone during an event was unable to control her emotions as she broke down while stating her experience about overcoming depression.
Â During an event held in Delhi on October 10, the â€˜Ramleelaâ€™ star shared her painful journey of overcoming depression two years back and starting a foundation against the same namely, Live, Love, Laugh.
Deepika stated that she aims to clear stigma around depression and help others to fight and overcome it. She said there is also a need to spread awareness about depression.
At the event, the former model broke into tears while saying,â€ Two years back, my family had come to see me. They were about to leave and I was all alone in my bedroom, curled up. My mother walked in and asked if everything was okay, I said yes. She asked again if it was work or something else that was bothering me, I said no. She asked me so many times that I felt myself choking and I broke into tears.â€
Tears rolling down her eyes, she continued,â€ I want to tell my mother that if it wasnâ€™t for you, I wouldnâ€™t be here. Thank you for being with me all through the way. Thank you to my sister, my father and friends who supported my immensely.â€
At the event, launching a social campaign #DOBARAPOOCHO through her foundation, Deepika told, â€œIn the times we are living today, we have become so competitive, which is a good thing, but we have become extremely insensitive too. Through this campaign, I dedicate this to people who have survived depression, people suffering through it even now and urge the society to become more sensitive.â€
Deepika also said it is important to talk to the person suffering from depression and provide encouragement to overcome the mental state. She said,â€ I did not want to be in the situation I was. I wanted to come out of it desperately. As they say that every solution is within your own self, I found the strength within me and also the people I had around who made me believe that I can rely on them.â€
Wiping off the tears, Deepika concluded by saying â€œIf there is hope, there is a way,â€ will power is a vital key to overcome this mental illness.