#SpreadingOurWings



OUR INITIATIVES
SPREADING OUR WINGS


Mental health is multi-dimensional. Recognizing that there are several ways to express oneself and seek help as well as various means of gaining knowledge and a variety of fields to explore, Youth for Mental Health has spread its wings and established several programs focused on specific areas of mental health - be it awareness or implementation. These initiatives aim to reach out to people with different levels of access to information as well as different fields of interest.


NEURANAPSE

Psychology is a subject that rests on the foundation of research that has helped us learn about human behaviour. Unfortunately, there is a significant lack of psychological literature in India. To encourage young people to get more involved in research, we launched Neuranapse- the research division of Youth for Mental Health. The wing, led by Asmita Narang and Nehchal Kaur from ULM University, Germany, and under the mentorship of Banika Ahuja, organized its first month-long training program where interns were trained in research techniques and scientific writing and were encouraged to write a research paper of their own.

YOUTH FOR PRIDE

In our drive to make mental health as inclusive as possible, we founded Youth for Pride, a program focusing on mental health issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. We recognize the challenges faced by queer folx and aim to provide essential information and resources to them as well as their allies through special programs designed to generate awareness and provide solutions. The wing is headed by Divya Dureja, a queer-identifying psychologist, speaker and poet.

YOUTH FOR EXPRESSIVE ARTS

Youth for Expressive Arts was formed in collaboration with Expressive Arts Therapy India (St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai) to promote mental health through creative initiatives centred around expressive arts. The wing is headed by Rennet Attri, an Expressive Arts Therapy practitioner. On board as its mentors are Sukriti Dua, psychologist and dance/movement therapy practitioner, and Devika Mehta Kadam, dance movement therapist and course director at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

YOUTH FOR ELDERLY

The elderly are one section of the society whose mental health is often ignored. To address this lack of attention and to make mental health awareness and support more inclusive, we collaborated with B.Neurofit to establish Youth for Elderly. Banika Ahuja, founder of B.Neurofit and CPO at Youth for Mental Health, heads this program. Open Mic for Elderly was one of the first virtual initiatives launched by Youth for Elderly, in which we invited our audience to share videos of their parents/grandparents showcasing their talents for the world to witness and rejoice in.

The Mental Health Show

Since its inception, Youth for Mental Health has strived to make mental health resources and information as affordable and accessible as possible. The Mental Health Show is one of the first of its kind in India, a YouTube series of engaging and informative discussions with psychology professionals on topics such as mental health issues in the LGBTQIA+ community, geriatric mental health and positive psychology, among others.