Conversations

The Belongg Mental Health Collective regularly features conversations on inclusive mental health with experts and organizations working on these themes. Please see recordings of these conversations below.

Caste

In this episode of Bust Your Bias we chat with Divya Kandukuri and Jyoti Nisha on caste based discrimination in India.

The session talks about why existing mental health services may not be inclusive enough; and how therapists and mental health experts can approach clients who belong to identities unlike their own.

Mental health challenges are particularly exacerbated for people who face discrimination on the basis of their identity(s). The panel discussion addressed such areas of unique mental health challenges that demand urgent mainstream focus.

 On 16th April 2020, we held an expert-led panel discussion on the need for customised mental health services for people who face discrimination due to their identity.

Belongg Mental Health Collective organised a screening of the film “The Unbearable Being of Lightness” by Ramchandra PN at 6 PM on 15th January 2021. The screening was followed by a discussion on the ‘intersection of caste and mental health’.

 

Disability

 In this episode of Bust Your Bias, Sai will be in conversation with Afsal, Mansoor Ali and Aziz discussing the many myths surrounding disability and how people perceive it today.

Mental health challenges are particularly exacerbated for people who face discrimination on the basis of their identity(s). The panel discussion addressed such areas of unique mental health challenges that demand urgent mainstream focus.

Belongg Mental Health Collective hosted a discussion on Disbility-Inclusive Spaces in Schools and it’s relevance to Children Mental Health on 25th February 2021.

Migration & Refugees

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Gender

On 21st March 2020, Sai and Taksh talked about biases against trans* inclusion and identity.

In this episode of Bust Your Bias, Sai will be in conversation with Diti and Meenal discussing the basics that people very often believe they know everything about, yet hold many stereotypes about – feminism.

 The screening of the film, Breathe was joined by it’s director, Madhuri Mohindar and one of the protagonists, Swati.

The session talks about why existing mental health services may not be inclusive enough; and how therapists and mental health experts can approach clients who belong to identities unlike their own.

Astha Ahluwalia of Reboot Wellness snd Sonal Jain of Boondh discuss how conditions such as PCOD, PMDD, and endometriosis impact women’s mental health.

 On 16th April 2020, we held an expert-led panel discussion on the need for customised mental health services for people who face discrimination due to their identity.

Belongg Mental Health Collective organised screening of the film “A safe person to talk to” by Navdeep Sharma at 6 PM on 12th February 2021. The screening was followed by a discussion on the ‘queer inclusive spaces in schools’.

Belongg interviewed Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Managing Director of Association for Transgender Health in India (ATHI) on 24th March 2021. Dr. Sharma shares his journey as a father of a trans person and the brilliant work ATHI has been doing.

On 27th March 2021, Belongg Mental Health Collective in association with Chinky Homo Project and Mann Mela, Sangath organised a panel discussion on Trans Bodies: Healing, Resilience and Power. The discussion was moderated by Dan Rebello and the panelists included Pavel Sagolsem, Diti Lekha, Dr. Aqsa Shaikh, Dr. Harikeerthan Raghuram, and Neel Sengupta.

 

Sexuality

 The screening of the film, Breathe was joined by it’s director, Madhuri Mohindar and one of the protagonists, Swati.

 On 16th April 2020, we held an expert-led panel discussion on the need for customised mental health services for people who face discrimination due to their identity.

Belongg Mental Health Collective organised screening of the film “A safe person to talk to” by Navdeep Sharma at 6 PM on 12th February 2021. The screening was followed by a discussion on the ‘queer inclusive spaces in schools’.

Faith

In this episode of Bust Your Bias we chat with noted campaigner Shabnam Hashmi and noted actor and director Danish Husain to bust myths & biases pertaining to the othering of people based on their religion.

Join us for our 4th episode of ‘ Bust Your Bias’ where Sai talks to Shaheena Attarwala and Usman Mehandi about biases faced by Muslims.

Economic Deprivation

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Racism

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Ethnicity

On 4th April 2020, Ngurang Reena and Leki Thungon from Arunachal Pradesh discussed India’s northeast and exclusion.

Intersectionality

The speech was delivered by Dr Avatthi Ramaiah about the importance of appropriate mental health services for marginalised groups, and the reason why current mental health frameworks/therapy techniques might not be suitable for everyone.

The screening of the film, Breathe was joined by it’s director, Madhuri Mohindar and one of the protagonists, Swati.

 

Belongg conducted a survey titled, ‘The Identity and Mental Health’ to understand the impact of identity-based discrimination on one’s mental health. The survey results are discussed in the video by Nirat Bhatnagar, founder of Belongg.

The session talks about why existing mental health services may not be inclusive enough; and how therapists and mental health experts can approach clients who belong to identities unlike their own.

The session discussed a way to address challenges in existing mental health framework and push an agenda to affect micro and macro-level changes to achieve inclusive mental health care for all.

Mental health challenges are particularly exacerbated for people who face discrimination on the basis of their identity(s). The panel discussion addressed such areas of unique mental health challenges that demand urgent mainstream focus.

 On 16th April 2020, we held an expert-led panel discussion on the need for customised mental health services for people who face discrimination due to their identity.

Belongg Mental Health Collective hosted the screening of “Atasi- Love in the time of madness” by Putul Mahmood on 17th October . The film was followed by a discussion with mental health activist Ratnaboli Ray and award-winning director and producer Aparna Sanyal.