Deepika Padukone to be Honoured With Crystal Award 2020 for Raising Mental Health Awareness
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Deepika Padukone to be Honoured With Crystal Award 2020 for Raising Mental Health Awareness

Deepika Padukone runs The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which raises awareness about mental health issues such as depression. She will be honoured in Davos.

Deepika Padukone has been very vocal about mental health issues and her own struggle with clinical depression in the last couple of years. The Bollywood actress launched The Live Love Laugh Foundation in 2015 to reduce the stigma around mental health and raise awareness of mental illnesses such as depression. For her contributions, Deepika will be honoured with the 26th Annual Crystal Award. She is the only Indian actress to be featured in Davos 2020 winners list. Speaking about this international recognition for her work, the actress shared, "With more than 300 million people suffering with the illness, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability in the world today and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.”

She further said that we need to “aggressively address what is an invisible and overlooked health and social burden.” Saying she was “humbled and deeply honoured” to be chosen for the award, she dedicated it to people around the globe who are suffering from “stress, anxiety and depression, and other forms of mental illness."

Deepika will received the award in January 2020 at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting along with artist Theaster Gates, choreographer Jin Xing and artist Lynette Wallworth. The four winners have been described as ‘cultural leaders’  and ‘bridge-builders’ who “connect us to each other, they help us reflect on the human condition, and they provide visions of the world that can cut through the limitations of short-term or linear thinking.” The WEF website has shared details of Deepika's work in the following words, “The foundation’s programmes and initiatives include nationwide public awareness and destigmatization campaigns, adolescent mental health programmes, funding support for treatment in rural communities, training general physicians in common mental health disorders, research and an annual lecture series featuring the world’s foremost thinkers and achievers.”

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By Ayesha Hoda
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