Deepika Padukone with Parakash Padukone and Dr. Siddharth Mukherjee (Pic Courtesy: Instagram/live.love.deepika)
Deepika Padukone was recently at the national capital to launch a lecture series on mental health. The actress who has herself suffered from depression and anxiety during her early years in Bollywood was present for an event of her Live Love Laugh Foundationw ith parents Prakash Paudone and Ujala.
The actress addressing the media said that the conversation around mental health awareness may have opened up a lot in recent years but there is still a long way to go.
"As far as the conversation around the causes of mental health is concerned, I think we've come a long way. But we certainly have a long way to go in terms of creating more awareness...
"I think the conversation has opened up. I don't think that there's as much stigma as it used to be four years ago," Deepika told reporters here on Sunday.
The "Padmaavat" star was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2014 and went public about it next year.
In 2015, she launched the foundation to create awareness around mental health.
Deepika, 33, said the idea behind the 'Lecture Series' was to bring people from different walks of life together and create more awareness about the cause.
"(It's about) inviting from different professions from various parts of the world, but most importantly, people who are passionate about mental health and have them talk to us about their their journey, their experience," she said. "It's about taking to the next level," she added.
The actor also praised the media for its role in opening up the conversation on mental health. "I think media has a huge role to play in that. Especially by opening up the conversation in various ways, whether through interviews, write-ups or articles" said the actress.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Padma Shri awardee Siddhartha Mukherjee delivered the first lecture in the series.
Deepika shared multiple pictures of her look from the event on Instagram. She can be seen sporting a white shirt with dramatic sleeves and pointed elongated collar. The relaxed bottom pants and minimal makeup completed her look.