Deepika Padukone attends Youth Anxiety Center in New York

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone with model Kendall Jenner at a fundraising dinner organized by the Youth Anxiety Center in New York, June 18. Padukone, who has been vocal about her struggle with depression, has also prioritized helping those in need through her NGO, Live Love Laugh.

At the fundraiser, she spoke spoke on mental health issues like anxiety and depression. In a clip she shared on her social media handles, Padukone is heard telling attendees that 300 million people in the world suffer with anxiety and depression.

“But I think the key to know is that depression and anxiety can creep up on absolutely anybody, from any profession, any gender, any part of the world,” she said.

“The toughest part for me was that I didn’t know what was happening. The day I understood there was a name to it, it was called ‘clinical depression’ I already started feeling much better. If there is anything that I’ve learnt in the journey of recovery is that you need to be patient, and that there is hope.”

Founded by the New York-Presbyterian Hospital (in association with its medical school affiliates, Weill Cornell and Columbia University) in 2013, the Centre has been spearheaded by Anna Wintour, Tory Burch, Vera Wang, Ana Pincus, and Dr Herbert Pardes.

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