Deepika Padukone Receives Crystal Award in Davos for Raising Mental Health Awareness

Deepika Padukone Receives Crystal Award in Davos for Raising Mental Health Awareness

Deepika Padukone was honoured with the Crystal Award at World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos, Switzerland. This is what she said during her acceptance speech

Deepika Padukone received the annual Crystal Award at World Economic Forum (WEF) 2020 in Davos, Switzerland on Monday, 20th January. She was honoured with this award for raising awareness around mental health concerns, such as depression. She is the only Indian actress to have received an award at Davos summit and took this unique opportunity to talk about her own battle with depression and anxiety, assuring other mental health patients that they were ‘not alone’. She said, "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 further said, “One trillion dollars is the estimated impact of depression and mental illness on the world economy. 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."

The actress also said depression is a common but serious illness, adding that it was important to realise that depression and anxiety were treatable like any other disease. The 34-year-old actress said her disease had led her to set up The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health.

Deepika Padukone Receives Crystal Award in Davos for Raising Mental Health Awareness

Deepika first went public with her mental health struggles a few years ago and since then has used many public platforms to highlight how depression and other illnesses can impact a person’s life. Her foundation runs awareness programmes in schools in India, public awareness campaigns, and provides funds for free psychiatric treatment and medical education programmes, etc. On the work front, the actress was recently seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.

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