Deepika Padukone, a Bollywood actor, discussed the importance of keeping an eye on your loved ones and recognizing any unusual changes in them. She talked openly about her struggle, expressing that she is unsure of where she would be today if her mother had not identified the warning signs and symptoms of depression in her and encouraged her to get therapy.
The Padmaavat actor, who manages the mental health charity Live Love Laugh Foundation and has previously struggled with depression, is currently in Tamil Nadu.
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In front of World Mental Health Day on October 10, she is extending her foundation’s rural community mental health programme, according to NDTV. She emphasised the significance of carers in her interview with the magazine for those who are experiencing mental health issues.
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She stated that the importance of the family in maintaining mental wellness was vital. When I hear the stories of the caregivers, I realise how equally important that is as well, and the emotional well-being of the caregiver is as important as the emotional well-being of the person experiencing mental illness. Even in my own journey, the role of the caregiver has been extremely important, which is why my mother is here and why my sister has been so passionately involved in this cause for many years.
She went on to explain how her mother had helped her realise what the next move should be. “In my own instance, for example, I don’t know what state I would be in today had my mother and the caregiver not detected my symptoms, in my period of vulnerability, had she not had the foresight to tell me to or help me seek out to the professionals,” she said.
“Of course, it takes a toll on the caregiver as well, and that’s nothing new. I had to make sure I was regular with my therapy and my doctor consultations. It takes a toll on the caregiver, whether it be due to mental illness or another type of illness, in my opinion.”