Reasons for not receiving support are many including lack of awareness, lack of mental health professionals, the stigma of needing mental health support and so on.
Those who do have access to treatment and are able to receive are most often located in urban areas, and/ or have some form of privilege including caste, class, education and sexuality. People who are marginalized struggle to find counsellors, therapists and support groups that address their needs.
The Morajkar Vidyasagar Foundation believes in quality, affordable mental healthcare for all. This foundation was created in the memory of my grandparents and my mother and is based on the values that they imparted to me. The pandemic has served as a reminder of why we can't ignore mental health anymore.
Through the foundation, we wish to address some of hurdles that marginalized people have in accessing mental healthcare.
What will do with the money we raise?
Through our sister concern, The Alternative Story, we will provide:
- 2000 free therapy sessions
- 10 scholarships to people from marginalized communities to our certificate course on counselling skills.
- 12 workshops aimed to teach skills and techniques on self care.
- Creating content around mental health in various Indian languages to reduce stigma and increase awareness.
- Free support groups -
- 26 sessions (fortnight for a year) for people with common mental health concerns,
- 26 sessions (fortnight for a year) for queer people,
- 26 sessions (fortnight for a year) for people dealing with grief,
- 52 listening circles (weekly).
Through these initiatives, we hope to directly benefit over 2000 mental health user- survivors, create 10 new mental health professionals and hence, impact the lives of exponentially more people. The cumulative impact of this one year's worth of work will be on over 10000 lives of those who are survivors of mental health issues.
We hope you will support us in ensuring that mental healthcare is something that is within reach for all Indians.