Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, who has been rallying for better awareness on mental health, visited two primary health centres in Karnataka’s Davangere district on Tuesday.
Deepika, her sister Anisha Padukone and mother Ujjala Padukone visited the Pallagatte and Bilichodu PHCs where they interacted with ASHA workers to create awareness about mental health issues.
Deepika’s The Live Love Laugh Foundation has been offering support for the Pallagatte PHC among others in Davangere since last year. The actor also held a support group discussion with ASHA workers and survivors at the Bilichodu PHC.
The Bollywood actor praised the role of ASHA workers in getting people to seek help for mental health issues in the surrounding villages.
TLLLF says it has reached out to 893 people who required help in a span of one year through the PHC.
“It was so inspiring to visit Davangere today and see the impact of the programme. From two taluks, it has grown to six, reaffirming the belief that collaboration with like-minded organisations and continued commitment to the cause can achieve greater results,” Deepika said.
Deepika Padukone has been vocal about her depression and has received much accolade for fighting the stigma attached to mental health issues.
The actor also visited the homes of two people who have been battling depression and interacted with them.
“Involvement of the community is so important in battling stigma. Seeing acceptance and how the community is rallying together to support one another and the increasing acceptance is remarkable,” she added.