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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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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2020, 02.11 PM IST
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Deepika Padukone feted at WEF; talks mental health, hope
Deepika Padukone feted at WEF; talks mental health, hope
Deepika Padukone, on Monday, received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The 'Chhapaak' actress was recognised for her efforts to create awareness about the importance of mental health.

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.

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​Deepika Padukone accepts a Crystal Award from Hilde Schwab, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the World Economic Forum's World Arts Forum, during the ceremony for the Crystal Awards at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.​
Deepika Padukone accepts a Crystal Award from Hilde Schwab, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the World Economic Forum's World Arts Forum, during the ceremony for the Crystal Awards at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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'."


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."


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.

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The 2019 Met Gala saw stars bring their best fashion game to the pink carpet keeping in theme with this year's theme 'Camp: Notes on Fashion'. The theme was inspired by a seminal 1964 essay by American author Susan Sontag in which she describes the phenomenon as something that shan't be talked about: "To talk about Camp is therefore to betray it." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose yearly bash welcomes over-the-top looks based on a theme, saw pink and gold, trains, fringe and fur as the gala kicked off in New York City. Singer Lady Gaga, Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, British singer Harry Styles and tennis superstar Serena Williams joined Vogue editor Anna Wintour in co-chairing the event, which raises money for the Costume Institute. In Pic (L to R): Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Lady Gaga.
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