In collaboration with PHFI under their programme, PRIDE, TYPF has launched a new initiative on mental health in 2017. TYPF's initiative, 'Paagal Hai Kya?'/'You Mad or What?' will be a curriculum-driven intervention that will work with young people and adolescents in in-school and out-of-school contexts. The curriculum is a product of the TYPF Fellowship programme and was created by Suvrita Bhatia, and looks to raise awareness about the mental health and well-being, as well as to de-stigmatise mental health problems. Paagal Hai Kya? will address these issues and its intersections with issues of gender and sexuality. Towards this goal, we will work in at least 100 young people across two states in India, including Delhi.
- Paagal Hai Kya was piloted in an English-medium school in New Delhi between January-March 2017, where it worked with 10-15 people between the ages of 13-14 years. The curriculum covered a wide range of issues including peer pressure, bullying, and everyday problems that affect our mental well being.
- One session was piloted with a group of 20 college-going students in April 2017.
- The programme is currently scoping new locations to work in, and will implement a workshop in Chandigarh in May 2017.