Deepika Padukone feted with Crystal Award at WEF; stresses on importance of mental health, quotes Martin Luther King
Marico boss Harsh Mariwala took to Twitter to congratulate the actress.
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Padukone, who has opened up about her battle with the illness and also runs the Live Love Laugh Foundation, said that people must understand depression and anxiety are like any other illness and can be treated.
Accepting the award, the 34-year-old said that in order to create a "cohesive and sustainable world, now more than ever before, we need to prioritise the needs of every individual including those affected by mental illness."
She also emphasised on the 'tough challenge' that mental illnesses present the world with, saying, "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," she added.
Padukone also used the platform to talk about her personal experience with mental health, saying, "My love-hate relationship with the illness has taught me so much, to be patient for one, that you are not alone, but most importantly that there is hope."
Having received the award on Martin Luther King Day, the actress quoted the civil rights activist as she concluded her acceptance speech, "For in the words of Martin Luther King, 'everything that is done in this world is done by hope'."
@Wallworthy As #wef20 gets underway, @deepikapadukone stresses the importance of addressing mental health issues wh… https://t.co/8PzeoH6Bgy— World Economic Forum (@wef) 1579545869000
Marico boss Harsh Mariwala took to Twitter to congratulate the actress, saying, "May your inspiring story give many others the courage to speak up and spread awareness on the importance of mental health."
From everyone at @mariwalahealth, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate @deepikapadukone on the… https://t.co/35dvKgyWbC— Harsh Mariwala (@hcmariwala) 1579677608000
Padukone's Live Love Laugh Foundation works towards providing awareness programs in schools in India, funding for free psychiatric treatment, medical education programs and public awareness campaigns.