Deepika Padukone's foundation does a survey on how India regards mental health
Bollywood star Deepika Padukone has been open about her battle with depression. Her foundation, The Live Love Laugh Foundation, has carried out a survey to understand public attitudes towards mental health.
Speaking at an event held by her foundation, Deepika said that the stigma around mental health is reducing. The foundation plans to use the findings in concrete ways.
The study is called How India Perceives Mental Health. It covers over 3,500 men and women across eight cities. These are Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Kanpur, and Pune.
Only 17% of people said they knew of someone with mental illness. Only 2% admitted to suffering from it themselves.
Experts present at the event said there was a need to change the language around mental illness.
There were three broad findings of the survey:
- 27% of people surveyed showed support for people with a mental illness. They do not discriminate against people with mental illness.
- 47% showed strong bias against people who are mentally ill. This is the largest segment and includes people who are more aware of mental illnesses.
- 26% of people showed fear of people with a mental illness. They said they were afraid of living in the same neighborhood and interacting with someone with a mental illness.
The study shows that awareness may have increased among Indians, but the stigma against mental illnesses is still very high.