The Live Love Laugh Foundation was founded in 2015 by Deepika Padukone.
Stemming from our founder’s core belief that that no life should be lost because of mental illness, The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF) aims to give hope to every person experiencing stress, anxiety and depression (SAD). TLLLF’s programmes and initiatives encompass mental health awareness and de-stigmatization of mental illness.
For any organization, big or small, identifying and playing to its strengths is the first step in a long journey to reach impact and scale. The Foundation utilizes its core strength of visibility and a large network to create awareness, normalise conversations and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. It combines knowledge and domain expertise to carefully curate and disseminate information that is easily consumable to any kind of an audience.
All the Foundation’s programs are conducted and implemented through partnerships and collaborations with likeminded organizations working in the field of mental health. It is also uniquely positioned as a charitable trust that not only accepts donations but also in turn funds deserving organizations and programs of repute.
“On 15th February 2014, I vividly remember waking up with a hollow feeling in my stomach. I felt empty and directionless. I had become irritable and would cry endlessly. For someone who loves to multitask, making decisions suddenly felt like a burden. Waking up every morning had become a struggle. I was exhausted and often thought of giving up.
My mother who recognized that something was amiss insisted I seek professional help. Subsequently, I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression.
The love and support of my family, counsellor and psychiatrist encouraged me through those dark days.”
Setting up TLLLF
“Through my journey to recovery, as I began to understand the stigma and lack of awareness associated with mental illness, I felt a deep need to save at least one life. It was this very need that motivated me to go public with my illness and set up The Live Love Laugh Foundation.
Live, Love and Laugh exemplify my personal philosophy to life.
The Foundation aims to give Hope to every person experiencing Stress, Anxiety and Depression (SAD) and has undertaken awareness programs in schools, funding free psychiatric treatment in low income communities, collaborative partnerships to run certificate courses in Common Mental Disorders for Doctors, commissioned research, nationwide public awareness campaigns and an annual lecture series featuring some of the world’s foremost thinkers and achievers.”
Message of Hope
“Mental illness has presented us all with a very tough challenge. Now more than ever before, we need to prioritize the needs of every individual including those affected by mental illness.
My love-hate relationship with the illness has taught me so much, to be patient for one, that you are not alone but most importantly that there is Hope.
For in the words of Martin Luther King “Everything that is done in this world is done by Hope.”
Kiran is the Chairperson and Managing Director at Biocon. She is a pioneering biotech entrepreneur and a recipient of the Padma Bhushan (2005) and the Padma Shri (1989). She is committed to providing affordable access to healthcare with several global recognitions to her credit. Recently, she became the second Indian to sign the "Giving Pledge" of the Gates Foundation.
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 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.
Dr. Murali Doraiswamy
Dr Murali Doraiswamy is a professor and doctor at Duke University Health System (USA) and one of the world's leading clinical experts in the area of brain and mental health. He is also a member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and directs a renowned clinical trials unit that has been involved in development of many of the therapies used widely today in mental health. Murali has received numerous awards for his work including a Fellowship by distinction from the Royal College of Physicians and a special US Congressional recognition for services to the community. He has been an advisor to leading government agencies, businesses and advocacy groups, and serves as the Co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Neurotechnologies and Brain Sciences.
Ananth Narayanan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Medlife, the largest e-health company in India, with business verticals including pharmacy, diagnostics and e-consultation. He was earlier the CEO of Myntra and Jabong, the country’s largest platform for fashion and lifestyle products. Ananth began his career as a Director at Mckinsey & Company, where he led the Product Development practice in Asia and consulted companies on strategy and operations. Featured as one of “India’s Hottest 40 under 40 Business Leaders” in 2014, Ananth has deep expertise in driving performance improvement and product development. Ananth holds a BE in Engineering from the University of Madras and a Masters from the University of Michigan, in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
Meet the Team
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
- An african proverb
Anisha has played an instrumental role in the activities and landmark campaigns of the Foundation since joining in August 2016. She took formal charge as the Director in July 2017. In her role, she is responsible for implementing strategic recommendations outlined by the TLLLF Board of Trustees, exploring channels for collaborations and ensuring the smooth functioning of overall operations. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Technology for Mental Health. The councils are the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking to shape a sustainable and inclusive future for all. Anisha has a graduate degree in psychology, sociology and economics and has completed the Strategic Non-profit Management India course from Harvard Business School and Ashoka University. Having experienced the ill effects of mental illness first-hand as a caregiver, she hopes to make a substantive difference in the field of mental health.
Lekha combines her experience in technology and management, to head the digital portfolio at the foundation. She has played senior roles in leading multi-national product development organizations to deliver high quality software products in global markets. Her experience in liaising with multiple stakeholders including the executive leadership teams has helped deliver immense value and success. Lekha is passionate about social causes and truly believes the world needs more good initiatives. Her zest for life, commitment driven approach and positive attitude have been enablers in work and life. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling to new destinations, experimenting with cuisines, and making the most of an adventure sport. Lekha holds a Post Graduate Degree in General Management from UCLA.
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.
Kaainaat holds a master's degree in Social Work from the Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi. Prior to that, she completed her BA in Psychology from Jamia Milia Islamia. Before joining TLLLF as Program Manager, she worked for two years at The Hans Foundation, New Delhi, as part of the program team. Some of her core areas of project expertise include, but are not limited to, disadvantaged women's and children's health, livelihoods, gender, disability, and education. She is a passionate advocate of collective action and positive mental health as a tool for empowerment. In her spare time, Kaainaat loves binge watching TV with her kitten, Noori. She also enjoys travelling and sampling different cuisines. She's an animal lover, traveller, foodie, baker...but most important of all, she is mental health advocate through and through.
Rashi oversees the digital marketing activities at the foundation. Prior to this role, she worked at one of India's largest social enterprise incubator and investor, leading their marketing and communications. She has deep domain expertise in PR and media-content, having previously worked at The Hindu and The Oberoi Group. She holds a triple-major in journalism, travel & hospitality, and history from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore University. Beyond work, Rashi is an adventure sports enthusiast, and a keen travel and wildlife photographer. With experience in volunteer work in the fields of food security, livelihoods, and child education, she lives by the quote, “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Mahadevan has 40 years of experience working in the areas of development and management; he has worked extensively with UNICEF, Administrative Staff College of India and ActionAid. He has a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Madras, and another in Management from the University of Manchester. He has also served as a consultant with the British High Commission as well as several corporate and non-profit organisations. His primary focus is to improve managerial effectiveness of the non-profit organisations and personnel. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, listening to music, reading, and dabbling in culinary arts.
Arul has an ITI background with an education in the mechanical field. He has previously worked with the Indian Army for over 18 years and has played the role of an administrator in various capacities during his tenure. Arul has also worked with Bat Wings Learning Centre in Bangalore, managing admin and event related activities. Arul’s participation in various sports has played an important role in his life. Owing to his background with the Army, Arul is committed, disciplined and dedicated to the goals and activities of the foundation. Arul currently works as an Admin Manager at the Foundation.
Annebelle plays the role of EA to the Director of the Foundation. She has over 15 years of experience working in Admin departments of various organizations. She holds a degree in theology & secretarial diploma. Having previously worked in the capacity of team lead and senior secretary, she brings strong planning, execution and organizing skills while managing the admin and other functional activities of the foundation. Annebelle is a team player, has an encouraging attitude and is always willing to help. Besides work, she spends her time with her family and pursues other hobbies.