The proportion of mental health disorders in India to total disease burden has doubled since 1990.
It is now, more than ever to ally up for mental health. If not you, then who?
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Aim of the event:
To understand available resources ∧ challenges in the Mental Health ecosystem in India and how they limit health equity. The event also helps to develop critical thinking about the systems, our own capacities to improve accessibly to support, and provides an opportunity to have a dialogue with other stakeholders & develop strategies for future directions.
This is your chance to gain deep insights into the mental health movement in India from the champions that are leading it!
You can find your own niche and build your own skillset for mental health advocacy.
● State of mental in India - available infrastructure, MHP capacity, how the available
resources are distributed - who is providing care where
● Key challenges - are policies progressive, which state ∧ district boards are driving the agenda, and more
● Initiatives and bold bets by legal systems - a reality check on outcomes achieved by mental health programs in India ∧ scope for improvement
● Our role as stakeholders in this system - education in mental health literacy (recognizing
signs of illness, when to act, who to connect with, as well as the process of legislative petitioning and advocacy for mental health)
THE PRINCIPLES OF ALLYSHIP: A GRASSROOS PERSPECTIVE
IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY: NORMALIZING CONVERSATIONS AROUND MENTAL HEALTH
MENTAL ILLNESS CRISIS IN INDIA: RECOGNISING SIGNS AND FIGHTING STIGMA
AN ALLY’S TOOLKIT: CREATING CONVERSATIONS AND SAFER COMMUNITIES
CONCEPTUALISING MENTAL HEALTH IN INDIA: THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT AND ITS CHAMPIONS
ENGAGING WITH VARIED COMMUNITIES: THEIR NEEDS AND AVAILABLE RESOURCES
FINDING THE RIGHT MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT: WHO TO CONNECT WITH AND EDUCATING OTHERS
WORKING WITH SYSTEMS: LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY FOR MENTAL HEALTH & IT'S ETHICS
Raviraj Shetty strongly believes that all the problems of this world are rooted in the structural systems of oppression rather than in communities or people's bodies and identities. His work is informed by Narrative practices, sensory integration, accountability practices, queer writings, children's books, his mother’s cooking practices, and his communities ways of living. He completed his Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Seth. G.S. Medical College & K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai in 2012, and the Mental Health Training Program in Narrative Practices from Ummeed Child Development Center in 2014.
Counselling Psychologist and TEDx Speaker
Ms. Manvi Sharma is a queer affirmative and trauma-informed therapist trained in Narrative Practices from Dulwich Centre Australia. She completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi and PG diploma Early Childhood care and Education, Ambedkar University. She is active in advocating for “therapy for all”. Her areas of specialization include working with Adolescents and Adults, client-centered therapy, positive psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, narrative techniques, behavior modification, assertiveness training, psychodrama techniques, and solution-focused therapy.
Research Fellow, Addictions Research Group
Ms. Urvita Bhatia is based at Sangath’s headquarters in Goa. and she is a psychologist and doctoral researcher. She is trained in Clinical Psychology in India before going to the UK to complete an MSc in Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London. She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at Oxford Brookes University, through a Global Challenges Research Studentship. Her Ph.D. is focused on the development of a prevention program for substance use and misuse in young people, in India.
RCI Licensed Psychologist, Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Psychologist, Parenting Coach, and Certified Expressive Arts-Based Therapist
Ms. Ishani Ahuja has immense experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and those with special needs. She is trained in Psychological Assessments, Multimodal Interventions, Family therapy, Parent-child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Play therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques of Healing, and Arts-Based Therapy. She completed her Master's in Psychology from Delhi University and furthered her education at NPCCID in Advanced Diploma in Child Guidance & Counselling.
Child and Clinical Psychologist, Presidential Double Gold Medalist
Ms. Gagandeep Kaur has more than 15 years of experience in the field of child and clinical psychology with diverse areas of expertise. She is the founder-director of Unique Psychological Services, providing transparent and authentic counseling services with timely professional delivery. Her primary research interests are psychical cognitive development and psychosocial issues related to child psychology. Her main goal is to remove the stigma around seeking therapeutic assistance. Additionally, she also has Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Presidential Gold Medal to her credit.
Psychotherapist, Kairos (Delhi) & Clinical Manager, Kairos (Delhi)
Hena Faqurudheen is a trauma-focused psychotherapist with a passion for designing better communities. She is inspired by her experiences as a mental health professional, including working in post-trauma and disaster settings over the last 10 years.
Her qualifications include a Masters in Social Work-Mental Health & a postgraduate Diploma in Psychosocial Care & Support in Disaster Settings from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2014 and 2009). She was a recipient of the 2005-07 Fulbright PLUS Scholarship, graduating in Experimental Psychology & Psychology from the University of South Carolina and the University of Madras, respectively.
Co-founder & Clinical Director, Hank Nunn Institute
After completing her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 2014, Shama Parkhe co-founded Hank Nunn Institute. With a keen interest in developing alternatives to conventional mental health practices by involving the larger community. She believes that one’s cultural and social systems are highly influential in the development of an individual’s personality. For the past 6 years, she has been working with individuals experiencing personality difficulties in an individual and group setting using both psychodrama and group analysis. In addition, she also offers training & clinical supervision to students and young professionals.
MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST
Ms. Shweta Srinivasan is a social justice informed, queer affirmative, and intersectional feminist therapist. She co-founded TheMindClan - a mental healthcare platform aimed at bringing access to inclusive and supportive mental health care resources (like therapists, support groups, workshops) at anyone's fingertips.
As a therapist, her heart lies in making visible people's acts of resistance and resilience against dominant discourses and oppressive systems in their lives.
Psychology and Public Policy Expert
Mr. Ajay Gulzar is currently working as the Head of Research with a Member of Parliament and is a former LAMP fellow. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of psychology, policy, and law. To bring more attention to mental health policy issues, he runs an online publication called psytinzenship.com
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