Chiplun, a city in the Ratnagiri district in the state of Maharashtra. This is the hub for our collaboration and a key to providing more mental health support and well-being in the rural area within the region. This week during the Mental Health Awareness day in India – we tailored a camp that addressed some of the core issues the community face.
Severe flooding is a key issue in this region, we trained over 70 Mind Buddies (or Manas Mitra – in Hindi) integrated first-aid training and mental health and well-being aspects. We hope to create support for these people and provide them with more skills training and build the capacity of community volunteers across the region.This event was supported by the Local team @Drs Shrutika and Sunil Kotkunde, our academic partners @Symbiosis Internation University, Pune, Dr Gayatri Kotbagi and Dr Sandip Ravindra (NGO Sheetal Astitva) in collaboration with Bournemouth University, Professor Edwin van Teijlingen and Dr Shanti Shanker