Live Love Laugh...


India only has 3,500 trained psychiatrists and even fewer psychologists. This means that there are only 3 psychiatrists for a million people. What’s worse is that stigma and discrimination faced by these people and their families prevent them from seeking guidance.
Founded by Deepika Padukone, who was diagnosed with depression during the peak of her career, the Live Love Laugh Foundation hopes to change this.
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Our Objective

The foundation seeks to champion the cause of mental health in India, with a focus on depression in particular. Besides spreading awareness, it also aims to support and carry out various on-ground activities such as:
Training GPs

Training GPs

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National Database

National Database

Creating a national database of mental healthcare professionals for easy access.


Developing help-lines with actual health-care professionals.


furthering the cause through fundraising.


Partnering with other organisations and NGOs and establishing strong links with reputed institutes such as NIMHANS and TISS.
Deepika talks about her battle with Depression and her thought behind TLLLF.know more
Deepika Padukone


“The morning of Feb 15th, 2014, I woke up with a sick pit-ish feeling in my stomach. On one hand, I was doing extremely well professionally, but on the other, I felt low, empty and directionless. The worst part was that I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. Waking up every morning had become a struggle. I was suffering from Anxiety and Depression.
My parent’s love and support encouraged me through those dark days & their advice of seeking professional help at the time, paid off. As I began to read about and understand more about depression, I realized that there were millions of others like me.
So on New Year’s Day 2015, I decided to take my struggle with anxiety and depression to the world with the hope that this would encourage others like me to break through the stigma, come out and seek help. Six months later, we set up – The Live Love Laugh Foundation.”
Deepika Paduknone

Some Stats

“As I explored the subject of depression, I realised that 1 out of every 4 people will experience anxiety and depression during the course of their lifetime. According to the World Health Organization, this is the next big epidemic to hit the world!
However, most people do not seek help because society has stigmatised depression such that most people do not reveal the agony they themselves or their loved ones are going through for fear of being branded as weak or mad.”
Deepika Padukone

What’s Next

“Over the next few years, The Live Love Laugh Foundation will focus on increasing awareness of mental health issues, reducing the stigma around mental health, working & collaborating with other NGOs in the field of mental health, encouraging research that would help design local solutions.”
Deepika Padukone

Join Us

“I request you to support me in this endeavor and contribute to The Live Love Laugh Foundation. Every Rupee you contribute will help us in furthering the cause of Mental Health in India. Walk with me on this journey so that more and more people afflicted with depression rise up to this ailment, come out and seek help.
In Stephen Fry’s words:
“It will be sunny one day…”

Board of Trustees

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Dr. Shyam Bhat
Anna Chandy
Anirban Das Blah
Nina Nair

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon

I am indeed very proud and happy to be a part of The Live, Love, Laugh Foundation (TLLLF), which is doing a stellar job of spreading mental health awareness in India with a focus on depression. As a member of the TLLLF Board, I intend to help with greater government engagement in order to shape policy around mental health in India. I also believe that greater community-based programs that focus on treatment interventions for psychiatric disorders will hopefully help to remove the associated stigma. With one in 20 people in India affected with depression, we must endeavour to improve the lives of these suffering millions.

Dr. Shyam K. Bhat

Dr. Shyam K. Bhat MD, is a Psychiatrist, and physician, with postgraduate training and Board certifications in Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, and Psychosomatic Medicine. He has over 20 years of experience and has a special interest in an integration of eastern and western methods of healing.

Anna Chandy

Anna has more than 18 years of experience in development work, counselling, coaching and mentoring. Anna is the first Certified Transactional Analyst from Asia accredited by the International Transactional Analysis Association with a specialization in Counselling. She is certified in Neuro Linguistic Programming and Art Therapy. She has a private practice and works with organisations too.

Anirban Das Blah

Anirban is the founder and Managing Director of CAA KWAN. Having played a leadership role in the development of India’s foremost entertainment companies, he was listed as one of India’s most influential thought leaders by Hindustan Times.

Nina Nair

Nina has about 30 years of work experience in teaching, learning and development, human resources and organisation development. She has played an eclectic mix of roles – from being a high school teacher, an entrepreneur, trainer and head of HR. She is currently VP & Head HRD (India & LatAm at (24)7 Inc.

Meet the Team

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
- An african proverb

Anisha has a graduate degree in Psychology, Sociology and Economics. She pursued her passion for sports from a young age. She has represented India in golf and now balances her role of Director at the Foundation along with being a Professional Golfer. Being a caregiver and witnessing the ill effects of mental illness first hand, she hopes to make a difference in the field of mental health. A die-hard fan of Roger Federer & Tiger Woods, Anisha has a weakness for food, babies and dogs, but is still not sure of the order of preference. She can often be found taking long afternoon naps, rest assured, not during office hours.

Anisha, Director

Anovshka studied Political Science at St. Xaviers College Mumbai post which she started her career in advertising and digital marketing working on some of India’s best loved consumer brands. Early in her career, she was diagnosed with clinical depression. Post recovery, she decided to use her time and talents to help others in need. Her role as the Digital Lead for the foundation helps her contribute to breaking stereotypes and stigmas related to mental health in the real and virtual world. Forever an optimist, her other passions are food and furry friends.

Anovshka, Digital Lead

Brian crafts communications strategy and manages media outreach at the foundation. He has a masters degree in mass communication and is a big believer in the power of collaboration and in being a ‘student for life.’ He enjoys working closely with founders, leaders and high-performance teams to deliver great results. When he is not working, Brian loves spending time with his wife, Karen, a music teacher, and their pre-teen kids, Lauren and Stefan. He also enjoys long-distance running and music, and has used both these passions to support fund-raising efforts for a variety of causes over two decades.

Brian Carvalho, Communication Strategy & Media Outreach

Natasha leads the schools program and the rural mental health project at the foundation. She is a certified counselling psychologist with a keen interest in adolescent mental health. She is inspired by the resilience she sees in survivors everyday. She is secretly petitioning for the foundation to adopt a dog. She has terrible taste in music and avidly listens to 90’s pop, loves quirky stationery and has far too many post-it notes than she knows what to do with.

Natasha, Senior Program Executive

A passionate development sector professional with over twelve years of experience, Neeti Poorswani has always worked towards creating on-the-ground change. Since graduating with a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Neeti has championed a number of causes - from helping young students aspiring to greatness to partnering with Fortune 50 organisations to become more inclusive. Currently, Neeti supports setting up of programs that successfully challenge harmful stereotypes while advocating for mental health wellness in India. When she’s not battling Bangalore traffic, Neeti enjoys reading the latest in crime fiction, baking and hanging out with her (mostly) adorable son.

Neeti Poorswani, Program Manager

Shreya is a recent psychology graduate from the University of California Santa Barbara. As the team's research and outreach coordinator, she's the in-house Wikipedia for facts and figures. She also occasionally writes articles on the foundation website and hopes to one-day contribute to the growing field of Psychological Research in Developing Countries. She spends her spare time theorizing about Game of Thrones and other TV shows, color coding everything including her spreadsheets and inbox, and consuming social media at unprecedented levels. She is the epitome of all things millennial.

Shreya Aragula, Research and Outreach

Enabling brighter Futures

Projects we Fund

Projects we fund

In 2016, The Live Love Laugh Foundation joined hands with The Association of People with Disability (APD) to provide quality psychiatric treatment and promote the recovery of Persons with Mental Illness (PwMIs). Through treatment camps and surveys, we were able to reach out to 819 PwMIs from Harihara, Jagaluru, Harapanahalli & Davangere taluks. A database of these PwMIs was created using Goonjan – a software solution for NGOs. The PwMIs were also assured that they would have access to various psychiatric services like therapy, counselling, and medication.

Under this initiative, APD will host fortnightly/monthly health camps and residential camps in these taluks and provide training to VRWs, ASHA workers, ANMs (Auxiliary nurse midwife) and health officials at Taluk and PHC (Primary Health Care) levels.

Partnership with NIMHANS for 2017 - 2018

The Live Love Laugh Foundation is proud to partner with NIMHANS to enable Psychiatrists to continue their bi-monthly/every fortnight visits to Davangere.

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Journey so far

We’ve come a long way in helping people deal with mental health concerns and creating awareness around the same. We thank the people involved in The Live Love Laugh Foundation and it’s mission. You have played your bit in making India more sensitive to mental health concerns and have been an integral part of helping those in need of mental health assistance, support and guidance. Let this be a milestone in our journey together. Here is a glimpse of our achievements over the past few years.

Annual Report for FY 2016 - 2017

Annual Report for FY 2015 - 2016

Since Launch

Friends of the Foundation

The Live Love Laugh Foundation has come a long way in helping people in need of mental health intervention and guidance. We would like to thank all our donors and volunteers who made our mission successful through their generous support.
  • Pirojsha Godrej Foundation
  • Deepika Padukone
  • Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
  • Janhavi Nilekani
  • Manasi Kirloskar
  • Mineral Enterprises Limited
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Seva Trust
  • Meena Ganesh
  • Stepathlon Lifestyle Pvt Ltd
  • Anna Chandy
  • Kishore V Mariwala
  • Prakash & Ujjala Padukone
  • Shalini Randery
  • Trident Automobiles Pvt Ltd
  • Bangalore East Ladies Circle
  • K Prabhakar
  • K Shanta
  • Sheryl Anna Philip
  • Law Offices Of Nandan Kamath
  • DNA Networks
  • David Liano
  • Prakash Varma & Sneha Iype
  • Reshma Prakash
  • Jalaja Pillai
  • Sunita Sivamani
  • Komal Narang
  • Roneeta Mukherji
  • Sudha Thimmaiah
  • Karishma Prakash
  • Jayanti Saha
  • Tarun Vishwa
  • Vivek Shangari