Social inclusion for young people affected by psychosocial disability in Uttarakhand, India

A DRI funded project that aims to promote social inclusion of young people (between 15-24 years) affected by mental health problems is well underway in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Image: Young women in a group discussion Govind Garh, Dehradun

Eleven peer-facilitated groups involving 143 participants meet weekly to complete a series of semi-structured modules from the Nae Disha program, which covers topics such as managing strong emotions, coping with tension, bouncing back after adversity, confident communication, and creating change.

The groups are hosted by the Burans Community Mental Health project. The group meetings will culminate in young people taking collective action to bring about some sort of change in their own communities, and are expected to be completed by the end of May.

The research component includes assessment of changes in the young people’s mental health and experiences of social inclusion.

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Michelle Kermode