Safe mental health spaces for youth in college

Deepa Pawar
Posted July 10, 2019 from India
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session with youth of collage : regural action research with youth for better :#mentaljustice (1/1)

Action research with youth in colleges continues under Deepa Pawar's [my ]project for Youth Mental Health as a GYAA Advocate working for #SDG3 in India.

117 students of Model College along with 8 teachers laughed, learned and unlearned in an enthralling session on mental well-being, intersections of social hierarchies and our mental health, mental health as a right and related legal provisions.

Our recurring theme of #MentalHealthSocialJustice was reiterated. Interactive games, quiz, screening of a short film kept the students interested as they connected gender, caste, sexuality, disability, religion and social insecurities such as unemployment and displacement to one's emotional and mental well-being.

During feedback, a young woman asserted that, "Failures should be simply seen for what they are. Those who fail have equal rights as everyone else, they should not be targeted by friends, family and education system." A young man asked to know how to deal with mental imbalance once we have identified that we are suffering from it. Deepa stressed that the first step is to identify, accept it, share about it instead of staying silent and ask for help before it gets unbearable.

Helpline numbers, names & addresses of mental health insitutions were shared who help from basic to severe cases. 3 students approached us at the end with their own, their family members' and friend's cases. All have been given appointments for baseline counselling which will be followed up with referrals if need be.

Shout out to the supportive teachers & management of Model College, Dombivli. Thank you CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation for supporting this program.

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SHILPA KASHELKAR
Jul 10
Jul 10

Dear Deepa
great going....best wishes …..keep posting your work
regards
Shilpa

Deepa Pawar
Jul 10
Jul 10

will do .. thanks for always with me

Social
Jul 10
Jul 10

Dear Deepa,
I love your work. Mental health has been neglacted so long so it's great initiative. Best luck to you for your future work.

Deepa Pawar
Jul 10
Jul 10

thank u so much Kajal being always my well wisher

Hello, Deepa,

I love this! I hope more institutions worldwide would conduct activities like this. Mental Health is a very important topic.

I’m glad that many participants opened up to you and are scheduled for counselling. That’s a huge impact already.

Congratulations for this successful event!

Deepa Pawar
Jul 10
Jul 10

yes all these session is really brainstorming for youths ... me and my team give lots of efforts for mental health justice ..and thank u so much we need moral support from friends likes u ..thanks

Please extend my congratulations to your team. I hope there will be more open doors for you to conduct sessions like this.

You’re welcome, dear sister!

Jill Langhus
Jul 11
Jul 11

Hi Deepa,

Thanks for sharing your great workshop! It's sounds like you made a great impact there. Please keep up the great work:-)

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