Anubhuti had started this creative, games-based, easy to understand, unburdened with jargon and stigma, grassroot youth-led mental health literacy and support module – called Mann Mela – in 2018. Till date, 7 batches of youth facilitators have been trained who are themselves young women, young men, with varied lived experiences from NT-DNT, rural, adivasi, bahujan communities. They have brought in a wealth of nuance, examples, richness and sensitivity with their intersectional knowledge while facilitating Mann Mela.
Once again, an entirely youth team made up of 100% grassroot facilitators, with lived experiences, led a Mann Mela with about 150 young women students of ITI (Industrial Training Institutes) of Ambernath on occasion of International Women’s day, and during Women’s History Month.
ITI colleges are a major contributor to ensuring the higher education of youth from marginalized communities. Anubhuti is privileged to that this ITI institution constantly invite us for trainings, talks, workshops and especially appeal for mental health awareness.