Deepika bags award for mental health awareness

Actress Deepika Padukone has been honoured by the 26th Annual Crystal Award for raising mental health awareness. She is the only Indian actress to featured in Davos 2020 winners list.

Honoured to receive the award, Deepika said: "With more than 300 million people suffering with the illness, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability in the world today and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.

"It is therefore increasingly clear that, now more than ever before, we need to aggressively address what is an invisible and overlooked health and social burden.I am humbled and deeply honoured to be chosen 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."

On the work front, Deepika will be soon seen in the Meghna Gulzar-directed "Chhapaak". The film os co-produced by Deepika and Meghna, and is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. She also features in Kabir Khan's "'83" as cricketer Kapil Dev's wife Romi Dev.

Apart from Deepika, artist Theaster Gates and choreographer Jin Xing have also been felicitated with the Annual Crystal Award.       - IANS