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We should work towards raising mental health awareness: Deepika

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

star Deepika Padukone, who was diagnosed with a few years ago, has ever since worked towards shattering the stigma around

The 'Padmavat' star and her organisation, The (TLLLF), on Monday, unveiled a landmark report on public perception towards mental health in the country.

Speaking at the launch, the 32-year-old, Founder, TLLLF said, "This research initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to build a better understanding about mental health in our country. Our research shows that only over a quarter of the respondents are willing to be supportive in many aspects, while the remaining are either judgmental or fearful of those affected with "

"This is an extremely unfortunate situation for us to be in. It is absolutely critical that we as a society work together towards increasing awareness, reducing stigma and normalizing the need to seek support for mental illness," she added.

'How Perceives Mental Health,' a report to gauge the public perception of mental health across 8 Indian cities has revealed that 87% of respondents associate with (like and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and their symptoms.

The survey also revealed high prevalence of stigma with 47% of people using the word "retard" to describe people with mental illness. Further, 60% of respondents believe that people with mental illness "should have their own groups to avoid contaminating healthy people" and 68% believe that they "should not be given any responsibility."60% believe that mental illness is caused by a "lack of self-discipline and willpower".

The findings illustrate the often ignored, but, critical role of stigma-reduction programmes in addressing mental health.

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First Published: Fri, March 23 2018. 18:45 IST