Deepika Padukone wins WEF 2020 Crystal Award

Last Modified Wednesday, 18 December 2019 (18:03 IST)
Davos: Actor, fashion  icon and mental health ambassador  will be honoured with three others by the World Economic Forum at its 50th  Annual Meeting on January 20.
WEF is marking its annual meeting next month with giving away four exceptional artists -- artist Theaster Gates (US), choreographer Jin Xing (China), actor Deepika Padukone (India) and artist Lynette Wallworth (Ausralia) -- the annual Crystal Award, recognising their enduring contributions to  society. 
 
Padukone has been awarded for her leadership in raising mental health awareness. 
According to the WEF, the cultural leaders receiving the 2020  Crystal Award are "bridge-builders." They connect us to each other, they  help us reflect on the human condition, and they provide visions of the  world that can cut through the limitations of short-term or linear  thinking.
 
Padukone was diagnosed with  clinical depression in  2014 and sought professional help to aid her  recovery. In June 2015, she  founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation  (TLLLF) to give hope to every  person experiencing stress, anxiety and  depression (SAD). 
 
The  foundation's programmes and initiatives include  nationwide public  awareness and destigmatization campaigns, adolescent  mental health  programmes, funding support for reatment in rural  communities, training  general physicians in common mental health  disorders, research and an  annual lecture series featuring the world's  foremost thinkers and  achievers.
 
"I am humbled and deeply honoured to be chosed for this year's Crystal  award and dedicate the award to the millions around the world who  experience stress, anxiety and depression, and other forms of mental  illness," said  Padukone.
 
Padukone has acted in close to 30 feature films across genres and won several  awards for her performances. Many of her films also rank among the  highest grossing films of all time.(UNI)
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