Mumbaikars used the power of art to spread mental health awareness bring some colour into the walls of Bandra’s SV Road to create awareness about mental health.
Mumbai, January 14th, 2019: The streets of Bandra never looked better as Mumbaikars came together for Art Express – a weekend paint fest filled with colour, fun and a lot of awareness about mental health. By using the power of colours, Art Express organized by Mpower, pioneer in Indian mental healthcare along with non-profit organization Chal Rang De, brought the people of Bandra in union to challenge the perception created around mental health and make it taboo-free, while having some fun doing it.
The walls of Bandra lit up with vibrant colours, energy and excitement as volunteers lead the way and transformed cemented walls into creative masterpieces from their imagination around taboo topics surrounding mental health. It was a delight to watch people, young and old, unleash their inner Picasso and revamp walls whilst challenging the misconceptions around mental health. Nitin Patil, senior Police Inspector of the Mumbai Police also extended his support and helped paint the walls.
Commenting on Art Express, Mrs. Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson, Mpower, said, “Traditionally, mental health is not an easy topic for our communities to talk about but that needs to change if we are to stamp out the stigma and negative perceptions around mental health. I think art is the perfect medium to help people express thoughts that they are afraid to or do not know how to put into words. A lot of people of all ages came together and started conversations about mental health on the day of the event, but the impact of the event will truly shine each time someone sees all this art and finds the courage to help them on their mental health journey. Here’s to creating more mind-positive spaces in our communities!”
Dedeepya Reddy, Founder, Chal Rang De said, ” Art is a conversation that requires no words, and the issues we’re tackling here today have seen little to no words spoken for them. And that is why we’ve chosen to give it a voice. Mental health, for those who care about it, is always on their mind. We wanted to give the community a chance to express that concern, that support, and the promise of belongingness and understanding that we all have towards them”
Rachel, volunteer, Chal Rang De, said ‘I’ve always loved art. But it took me a while to realize that those scribbles and doodles did more than just fill up pages. They made me happy. Imagining that I could gift this same realization and happiness back to my city and its people through a powerful message, brings that very same joy I felt as a child having his/her go on the walls of my home.”
They proactively champion mental health causes, creates awareness, advocates prevention and provides services through a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach. Through a rich network of individuals, professionals and organisations, The Mpower Center and The Mpower Foundation aim to end stigma and encourage dialogue around mental health.
Mpower endeavours to be The Movement to affect change. It aims to create a rich network of individuals, professionals and organisations to empower people living with mental health problems and psycho-social disabilities. Mpower aims to #StampOutStigma in India!