Deepika Padukone on raising mental health awareness

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Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, who was recognized with melancholy just a few years in the past, has ever since labored in direction of shattering the stigma round mental sickness.

The ‘Padmavat’ star and her organisation unveiled a landmark report on public notion in direction of mental health within the nation.

The 32-year-old, stated, “This analysis initiative is a part of our ongoing efforts to construct a greater understanding of mental health in our nation. Our analysis exhibits that solely over 1 / 4 of the respondents are prepared to be supportive in lots of facets, whereas the remaining are both judgmental or petrified of these affected by mental sickness.”

“That is an especially unlucky state of affairs for us to be in. It’s completely vital that we as a society work collectively in direction of growing awareness, decreasing stigma and normalizing the necessity to search help for mental sickness,” she added.

How India Perceives Mental Health, a report back to gauge the general public notion of mental health throughout eight Indian cities has revealed that 87% of respondents affiliate mental sickness with extreme issues (like schizophrenia and Obsessive Compulsive Dysfunction) and their signs.

The survey additionally revealed a excessive prevalence of stigma with 47% of individuals utilizing the phrase ‘retard’ to explain individuals with mental sickness. Additional, 60% of respondents imagine that folks with mental sickness “ought to have their very own teams to keep away from contaminating wholesome individuals” and 68% imagine that they “shouldn’t be given any duty.” 60% imagine that mental sickness is brought on by a “lack of self-discipline and willpower.”

The findings illustrate the usually ignored, however, a vital function of stigma-reduction programmes in addressing mental health.


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