ABOUT
YOUTH FOR MENTAL HEALTH

CHANGE STARTS YOUNG


THE PROLOGUE

Youth for Mental Health is a youth-based and youth-led organization and community working for advancement of mental health through creative and impactful endeavours. Our mission is to provide support for the mental well-being of young people and equip them with resources to become advocates for the promotion of mental health. We aim to foster a non-judgmental and growth-oriented space where people from all age groups can step up and freely express themselves – their emotions, identity, and choices.

Over the years YMH has ventured into diverse areas and set a foothold in multiple endeavors like Learning and Training Programs, On-Ground and Digital Campaigns, Awareness Drives, Advocacy, and Psychological Support. Through these undertakings, we aim to play an active part in building a mental health narrative that is reflective of inclusion, diversity, and difference. Our endeavors echo the contemporary concerns and are also responses to the changing mental health context in India.

 

ENVISIONING THE CHANGE

With a massive outreach and presence, YMH continuously strives to work in a collaborative spirit by engaging with professionals, artists and changemakers in India and across the globe. At YMH we consider the youth not as carriers but also agents of change. An organization led primarily by young people, we hope to work in a unified, collaborative spirit with many stakeholders coming together for collective and cooperative action.

We aspire to facilitate change to make mental health more inclusive and accessible. As facilitators of change, we believe we need a community approach and innovative solutions to correspond to the mental health crisis in India.

OUR OBJECTIVES

Co-creating 


Co-creating an evolving and representative community of those who are battling with mental health issues, those who are committed to and willing to help, and those who are passionate about furthering the cause.

De-stigmatizing


Sensitizing people and de-stigmatizing the concept of mental health - how it forms the core of our overall well-being and guides our actions and experiences in life.

Developing


Equipping young minds with the skills and requisite knowledge and exposure by opening avenues for them to learn, creatively explore their potential and develop themselves.

Providing


Providing reliable resources to all in the form of accessible professional help so that anyone who faces issues is offered immediate help and is made cognizant of ways to improve their life circumstances through working on themselves and their needs.

Fostering


Fostering a non-judgemental, non-restrictive, supportive, and safe environment for all people, where they have the freedom to express and develop their ideas and communicate them to others while also appreciating the perspectives of other people.

OUR JOURNEY SO FAR

A timeline of the various projects, programs, and campaigns launched in the past years




2019



  • April

    Founded Youth for Mental Health

  • July

    First Summer Internship

  • August

    Mental Health Series

  • October

    Mental Health Internship

  • November

    Mental Health Confab

  • December

    Winter Internship

2020



  • January

    The Mental Health Show

  • February

    NeuraNapse Research Project
    First Mental Health Bootcamp

  • March

    International Women's Day : The #GenEqual Summit

  • April

    First Foundation Day : UNWIND
    First Chapter of India for Mental Health

  • May

    Youth for Expressive Arts
    Youth for Pride
    Youth for Elderly
    Exploring Creative Arts Therapy
    Summer Internship

  • June

    Summer Internship 2.0
    Summer Internship : Chapter 3
    Mental Health Summer School
    Live With Pride Campaign
    Men's Mental Health Week

  • July

    Vh1 X Cryosis
    #EndTheStigma Campaign

  • August

    Skills Development Training Program
    Sangath X It's Ok To Talk : Mann Mela

  • September - October

2021



  • February - April

    India for Mental Health 2.0

  • May

    Covid Relief Well-Being Sessions
    YMH X UE Fundraising Summer Internship

  • June

    Mental Health Bootcamp 2.0

  • August

    Becoming : Learning from the Journeys in Progress

  • September

    Mann Mela: Hope Through Action Festival by Sangath X It's Ok To Talk
    WFMH Global Campaign 2.0 : #EqualityForMentalHealth

  • October

    WFMH Global Campaign 2.0 : #EqualityForMentalHealth
    Mental Healthcare Across The Lifespan

  • November

    International Men's Day

  • December

    Youth for Disability
    YMH X That Novice Artist: Safarnama
    Launched YMH Merch

2022



  • January

    Inaugrated YMH Foundation
    Project LEAP
    Youth for Therapy

  • February

    Mental Health Explorations
    YMH x Friends Corner Hindu: Mental Health Summit 2022
    Workplace Wellness Initiative

  • March

    Workplace Wellness Conclave
    YMH x Paddling Foundation: Project Red Slate
    Sangath x Harvard Medical School x YMH: APT Course

  • April

    India for Mental Health Chapter 3

  • June

    Clinical Social Expedition 2022

  • July

    Recognized Pride Disability Month

STAY TUNED FOR MORE

OUR PARTNERS

WORLD FEDERATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH
GIRLUP
LIGHT UP (EMI)
SANGATH
VH1
TRIJOG
THAT NOVICE ARTIST
ONE FUTURE COLLECTIVE
IT'S OK TO TALK
FORTIS MENTAL HEALTH
NEUROFIT
UNBOTTLE EMOTIONS
PSYCHOLOGS
DU BEAT
WE THE YOUNG
CREATIVE MOVEMENT THERAPY ASSOCIATION OF INDIA
CO-WECARE
EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY COLLEGE, ST. XAVIER'S COLLEGE, MUMBAI
PROJECT SVADHYAYA
MY CAPTAIN
TEDxDSC
BEDLAM
CRYOSIS