Winner award 2019
The Live Love Laugh Foundation
October 10, 2019
“Over the last four years, The Live Love Laugh Foundation has worked on several initiatives with a specific focus on destigmatizing mental illness and creating awareness about mental health. This award further validates our work. At The Live Love Laugh Foundation, we believe that not a single life should be lost due to mental illness and we continue our efforts in giving hope to those struggling with stress, anxiety and depression (SAD),” said Deepika Padukone, Founder of The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF).
India is home to an estimated 57 million people affected by depression. The Lancet estimates that one in five Indians will suffer from depression during their lifetime. India is an evolving society greatly impacted by globalization, urbanization, migration, and modernization. Coupled with ongoing and rapid socio-demographic transition, depression among individuals in India is likely to increase in the coming years.
“The Live Love Laugh Foundation has made incredible strides to raise awareness, provide resources, and support the path to mental health care for individuals of all ages in India,” said Brother Dr. René Stockman, Superior General of the Congregation of the Brothers of Charity and Chairman of the Dr. Guislain Museum. “From educating more than 100,000 students and 16,000 teachers through the ‘You Are Not Alone’ program to funding treatment for more than 1,500 patients annually, it’s important that we recognize the impact that the Foundation has made and support its continued efforts to destigmatize mental illness in India.”
“At The Live Love Laugh Foundation, we believe that not a single life should be lost due to mental illness and we continue our efforts in giving hope to those struggling with stress, anxiety and depression.”
The Live Love Laugh Foundation was founded in 2015 by Deepika Padukone, an internationally acclaimed actor and fashion icon. Deepika was diagnosed with anxiety and clinical depression back in 2014. When researching her own illness, she found that mental illness was a taboo topic in India like elsewhere in the world and the lack of information and stigma associated with mental illness made it difficult for people to seek help. After going public with her battle with depression, Deepika along with the help of her therapist and psychiatrist set up The Live Love Laugh Foundation to give hope to every person experiencing stress, anxiety and depression.
Since its establishment, The Live Love Laugh Foundation has launched “You Are Not Alone,” a mental health awareness programme in schools which has already covered more than 100,000 students and 16,000 teachers in 655 schools across nine Indian states and ten cities.
The Live Love Laugh Foundation has also created “Together Against Depression,” a programme to equip general physicians with the awareness and tools to support people with mental health problems and provide critical first-level intervention. The rural mental health programme supported by TLLLF funds the treatment of more than 1,500 patients annually in three states.
Further, the Foundation has undertaken nationwide multimedia programmes aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and building mental health awareness.
“We are honored to recognize the widespread impact that The Live Love Laugh Foundation has made for people living with mental illness in India,” said Husseini K. Manji, M.D., Global Therapeutic Area Head, Neuroscience for Janssen Research & Development, LLC. “Their extensive work to improve the lives of individuals in India is not only inspiring but vitally important to help change the mental health dialogue and create a stigma-free society.”
For more information about The Live Love Laugh Foundation’s programs, please visit thelivelovelaughfoundation.org.