In collaboration with Sangath under their programme, PRIDE, TYPF launched a new initiative on mental health in 2017. Paagal Hai Kya?/You Mad or What? currently works as a 2-day long workshop with young people and adolescents, whether in school or otherwise.
Developed under the TYPF Fellowship programme by Suvrita Bhatia, the curriculum addresses the intersections of gender, sexuality, and mental wellbeing. Paagal Hai Kya will work with at least 100 young people across two states in India, including Delhi.
Four Paagal Hai Kya? workshops have been held in different locations in New Delhi. Young people between the ages of 13-14, 14-18, and 17-25 years have been part of these workshops, with each of them having a different focus point depending on the age group and needs of the participants. The curriculum of the programme has benefited immensely from these experiences and has since undergone further development and refining!
Paagal Hai Kya was piloted in an English-medium school in New Delhi between January-March 2017, where it worked with 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.