LIVE LOVE LAUGH
Rajan Bhalodia

LIVE LOVE LAUGH

The Live Love Laugh Foundation 
is a non-profit organization that deals with mental health issues. It was founded in 2015 by Deepika Padukone as a non-profit NGO to bring awareness to mental health in India. In 2016, the organization launched a program called "You Are Not Alone". Facebook is working with the organization to prevent suicides from being live-streamed.



Focus

The Foundation focuses on the following objectives:

  1. To create awareness and reduce the stigma around depression
  2. To fund and support community-based mental health projects that can have a sustainable and large-scale impact on society.
  3. To support research in the area of mental health in India.
The focus of the Live Love Laugh Foundation is to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health. The foundation spreads awareness and changes the way people look at mental health in general. It provides a platform that enables people who are seeking help to learn more information and connect with mental health professionals. People are able to share and hear others' stories of their own experiences with mental health.



Funding

This is a non-profit organization. It is currently being funded by sponsors and volunteers who are able to give their time or others who are able to make donations. Anyone who chooses to donate can also specify where they would like their donation to go. The donations can go specifically to the school program, the rural program, or just a donation to the foundation in general.

Deepika shared the message below to be read at todays Out of the Shadows event, which aims to make mental health a global development priority. We have reposted the message in full below.

Let me begin by saying how deeply sorry I am that I couldn't make it today. As you know, Mental Health is a cause very close to my heart and it would have meant so much to me to be here in person.

I would like to congratulate the World Bank and the World Health Organization for taking the initiative to organize this conference `Out of the Shadows – Making mental health a global development priority.’

In February of 2014, I woke up one morning with a sick, pit-ish feeling in my stomach. I felt low, empty and directionless. I couldn't understand what was happening to me. Waking up every morning was becoming a struggle.

It was only after I started seeing a counselor that I realized I was suffering from anxiety and depression. It took a lot of convincing from my parents, to see a psychiatrist, and from then on it was a combination of counseling and medication over a couple of months that helped me recover. 2014 was the toughest year of my life!



As I began to read about and understand my condition, I realized that there were millions of people just like me. The WHO estimates that 350-400 million people across the world suffer from a range of Mental Health issues.

So on New Year’s Day 2015, I decided to take my struggle to the world with the hope that this would encourage others like me to break through the stigma and reach out for help.
In March 2015, I made a decision to set up a foundation that would work towards spreading awareness, reducing the stigma and changing the way the world looks at Mental Health.

On October 10th, World Mental Health Day, we launched The Live Love Laugh Foundation.

This year The Live Love Laugh Foundations main focus is on conducting awareness programs in schools, creating a sensitization program for general physicians and launching a public media campaign on mental health.

Mental Health Issues are now assuming the scale of an epidemic and we truly need to work together to bring mental health out of the shadows and into the light and make it an urgent priority for governments across the world!

I hope very much that together we succeed in this critical mission of making mental health a global priority!"

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