#NotAshamed: Deepika’s movement to encourage people to speak about mental health

In the four-minute video, Deepika has narrated what she had to suffer while passing through the most difficult phase of her life. As tears roll down from her eyes, one can sense the tension and emotional strain in teary-eyed Deepika's voice

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“It was tough to talk to anyone, as no one understood what i was experiencing. I was scared to wake-up, didn’t want to wake-up at all. Sometimes, felt, i need to break down, but didn’t know where to do that. I have experienced this. Have you experienced this? then share your story.” This is my story and i am #NotAshamed.

Bollywood diva who is known as Mastani girl, Deepika Padukone, has shared her story on social media. Deepika was diagnosed with clinical depression in the year 2014. Deepika has started the movement #NotAshamed with an aim to motivate and encourage people to talk about mental health issues.

In today’s scenario, one in every 20 people in India is suffering from mental illness. On WorldMentalHealthDay, Deepika has shared the story, encouraging people to come forward and speak about their mental health issues.

In the four-minute video, Deepika has narrated what she had to suffer while passing through the most difficult phase of her life. As tears roll down from her eyes, one can sense the tension and emotional strain in teary-eyed Deepika’s voice.

Deepika says, “Since the past three years, what we have gathered is, there are still misconceptions among people about mental illnesses. People those who are suffering from depression don’t come forward. Rather than thinking what people will say, we must fight with it. We should stand for those who are suffering from depression and mental illness.”

The campaign #NotAshamed has been launched by ‘To Live Love Laugh Foundation’. And actress herself is the founder of this foundation.

Deepika’s foundation has done a survey in eight cities in 2017. The survey states,

  • 75% people are afraid of the patients with mental illness 
  • 42% said that people who are suffering from mental illness are always angry 
  • A few people used to call a patient with mental illness as ‘Mad’ 
  • As there is not much awareness only 10 to 12%  people get medical help 

Anna Chandi, Chairman of the Board of Trust of  ‘To Live Love Laugh Foundation’ says, ‘A lot many number of people don’t speak about the mental illness as they are not aware of this and feel shay.”