You Are Not Alone: Deepika's fight against depression

Deepika Padukone, who made stunning revelation last year about battling against depression has taken a step forward to create awareness about the not much talked about disease. The ‘Piku’ star is all set to launch awareness campaign for depression.

Padukone, 30, who openly spoke about suffering from depression and the social stigma attached to the disease and lack of awareness started the campaign from her school on Wednesday. A year-long awareness campaign ‘You Are Not Alone’ is s step taken forward to fight depression.

Starting from the actress’s own school Sophia’s High School in Bengaluru, the awareness campaign is set to cover over 200 schools and to raise awareness, sensitise students and teachers and enable them to identify signs of anxiety and depression.

“We believe that schools can be the first line of defence for emotional and mental health disorders in our youth. We could also help connect the schools to counseling organisations and independent counselors if they need such help,” she said.

The programme will kick-start in March with few schools but several programmes lined up for June when the new academic session starts.

“Our aim is to bring the issue of mental health from the shadows and include this discussion in drawing room conversations from being spoken of in hushed tones,” said the actor who took medication and counseling to fight her depression.

On the work front, Deepika Padukone is busy with her Holllywood debut ‘XXX-The Return of Xander Cage'.