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MeHeLP India
(MEntal HEalth Literacy Project)
Dissemination Conference 2021

October 20th - 27th
13 speakers
Online (Zoom) Event

Welcome to the MeHeLP India
dissemination conference!

As MeHeLP India project is reaching its closing, we invite you to take part in our final dissemination conference. Through the three years of MeHeLP project, under difficult circumstances due the COVID pandemic, we have been able to engage with urban, rural and tribal communities in Kerala and across India. Our project contributed to fearless talk on developing culturally appropriate mental health literacies using interdisciplinary and creative arts-based approaches.


Conference objectives

To consider how creative methodologies and other participative arts-based approaches can promote mental health literacies programme

To explore how public mental health and mental health literacy programmes can best be supported and developed, in ways that are practical, acceptable and appropriate.

To disseminate culturally appropriate mental health literacy perspectives from Kerala and the rest of India

To consider implications for research, policy and practice in developing mental health literacies in urban, rural and tribal India

Who is the online conference for ?

This conference is aimed at medical, health and social care practitioners, service providers, health and social care researchers including academics, psychiatrists, psychologists, community workers, social workers and students. It is also for policy makers, policy implementers, NGOs, employers, corporate and social responsibility (CSR) sector.


The Speakers

Anisha Padukone

CEO, LiveLoveLaugh

Dr. Rakesh Chadda

Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry & Chief, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre

Dr. K.S. Shaji

Dean (Research) at the Kerala University of Health Sciences,

Dr.P.S. Indu

Professor and head, Dept. of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Kollam

Prof. Mohanan Kunnummel

Vice Chancellor Kerala University of Health Sciences, Thrissur

President Association of Indian Health Sciences Universities

Dr. R. Mangala

Assistant Director Media and Communications at Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) Chennai

Archana Jose Kavi

Popular film actor, digital content creator and television host

Dr. Vijay Nallawala

Founder, Bipolar India

Priti Sridhar

CEO at the Mariwala Health Initiative

Prof. K. Srinath Reddy

President, Public Health Foundation of India

Dr. Pratima Murthy

Present Director of the Institute, NIMHANS

Dr. Jayaprakashan

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.

Tasneem Raja

Lead for Mental Health, Tata Trusts

Dr. Abhijit Nadkarni

Co-Director, Addictions Research Group, Sangath Associate Professor of Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

Prof. Abha Singh

Director, IILM Center for Emotional Intelligence

Don Palathara

Film director, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker, Kerala, India

Dr. Sangeeta Goswami

Counselling Psychologist, President, MIND India, Director Positive Wellbeing Foundation


Chief Medical Officer & Trustee, Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission, Attappady

Dr. Krishnakumar (imhans)

Director of the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS), Kozhikode, Kerala.

Dr. Kaustubh Joag

Senior Research Fellow and a project co-lead for Atmiyata

Dr. C J John

Chief Psychiatrist, Medical Trust Hospital, Kochi

Laxmi Srinivas

Peer support group co-ordinator, MHAT.

Dr. Varghese P Punnoose MD

Professor and HOD, Psychiatry; Govt. Medical College, Kottayam

Mr. Manoj Chandran

Founding CEO of White Swan Foundation for Mental Health

Dr. Akhil Manuel

Nodal Officer, Aditi Devo Bhava, National Health Mission, Ernakulam.

Dr.Vinuprasad Venugopalan

Associate Professor. Department of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College, Palakkad. Representing Kerala Shastra Sahitya Parishad.

Rajib Das Gupta

Professor and Chairperson at the Center of Social Medicine & Community Health, JNU.


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