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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To work in the area of mental health with a specific focus on stress, anxiety and depression.


(1) Create awareness about stress, anxiety & depression.
(2) Reduce stigma associated with mental illness.
(3) Encourage research which would lead to locally engineered solutions.


Partnerships and collaborations with like minded organisations in the field of mental health that have a similar objectives
School Programs

School Programs

The focus of the programme is to educate adolescents and teachers on stress, anxiety, and depression while aiming to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health.
Training GPs

Training GPs

Training General Practitioners to become the first line of defense for mental health conditions.
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
Dr. Murali Doraiswamy

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Kaainaat, Program Manager

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.

Mahadevan, Strategic Consultant

Arul Benedict has an ITI background. He is part of the Admin team at foundation to support the needful things at the right time. He has eighteen years of experience in the Indian Army and worked with different people. He also worked for Bat Wings Learning Center in Bangalore. Carries out the tasks given to him with upmost care and in the shortest period of time. He is kind, very helpful and always willing to assist people when needed.

Arul enjoys doing Art & craft and is also a good sportsman. 

Arul, Admin Manager

She’s a Bangalorean with a Degree and she also holds a Secretarial Diploma. She has worked as Team Leader and Sr. Secretary in different organizations and has an experience of over 15 years in the Admin department. A team player who always loves to help, she encourages people and brings a smile to their faces. She has two beautiful daughters. She also really enjoys listening to Christian spiritual songs, sewing and sometimes knitting.

Annebelle G. Correa, EA to Director

Holds a National Apprentice Certificate (NAC) as a Painter from Ministry of Skill India. He is able to adapt and handle multiple tasks. He has a creative approach to solving problems. He is very ambitious, and energetic to learn new skills. He’s a Golf Caddie and in his free time loves to make stencils.

Sridhararn, Office Assistant

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 2018 - 2019

Annual Report for FY 2017 - 2018

How India Perceives Mental Health - TLLLF 2018 National Survey Report

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.
Donors & Sponsors, 2017 - 2018
  • Anna Chandy
  • AR Landcraft LLP
  • Aradhana Mahna
  • Crest Promoters Pvt Ltd
  • Dr. Loonawat Research Lab
  • Forevermark Diamonds Pvt Ltd
  • Jahnavi Nilekeni
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation
  • K Shanta
  • Kishore Mariwala
  • Komal Narang
  • Label Centric Luxury Enterprises Pvt Ltd
  • Love and Crumble Co
  • Mineral Enterprises Limited
  • Nilesh K Nawal
  • Onkareshwar Trust
  • Pavan Murthy
  • Prakash/Ujjala/Anisha Padukone
  • R Jhunjhunwala Foundation
  • Reliance Industries Limited
  • Ritu Bhalla/Vishwa Mitter Bhalla
  • Sachin Kishanlal Bishnoi
  • Sonal Hada
  • Sonalika Social Development Society
  • Swatch Group India Private Limited
  • The Printers (Mysore) Pvt Ltd
  • Trident Automobiles Pvt Ltd
  • Western Consolidated Pvt Ltd
  • Wipro Limited - Wipro Technologies
  • Dr. Furkhan Ali
  • David Liano
  • DNA Networks
  • Karishma Prakash
  • Komal Narang
  • Law Offices Of Nandan Kamath
  • Nirvana Films
  • Reshma Prakash
  • Sheryl Philip
  • Sudha Thimmaiah