We celebrated the culmination of our Mental Health programme’s first project cycle at the Oxford Bookstore in Delhi on 12th March 2019. It was a fun half-day event held to have a conversation on adolescent and youth mental health.
The event opened with a presentation on insights from mental health sessions we conducted with young people across Delhi and Lucknow in the last two years. This was followed by a panel discussion with Shikhar Yadav (TYPF Volunteer) , Pranjal Mishra (TYPF Volunteer), Avali Khare (Member of Ambedkar University Delhi’s Queer Collective) and Rosheena Zehra (Health Correspondent, The Quint) , and was moderated by Sanchana Krishnan (Consultant, Sangath Delhi). In the panel discussion, all the panelists shared personal narratives about their mental health and addressed how these experiences shaped their lives. The discussion also invited lots of questions and sharing from the audience.
The event also had an element of private conversations in public spaces, where in Sanchana Krishnan and Neeraj Mehra (Community Mental Health worker) discussed about what’s it like with living with their mental illnesses and dealing with the stigma attached to mental health. They spoke about how the stigma affects their own work as mental health advocates, and also what are healthy strategies to deal with these.
The day ended with a session conducted by Ipsa James (Psychotherapist and TYPF Consultant) where she gave the audience tips on dealing with stress and seeking help through an interactive activity with the audience.