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The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that over 450 million people globally suffer from mental disorders and they account for about 12% of the global burden of diseases, this is likely to increase to 15% by 2020. Mental ill-health and its consequences for individual and community development present high economic burden and is therefore of great importance for Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). As a consequence, there is a need for awareness, help and support programmes available to people in these countries. Our specific focus is in the state of Kerala in India which is experiencing a fast-changing socio-economic societal set-up alongside a higher prevalence of mental ill-health and alcohol abuse than the rest of India. Evidence indicates the need for MHL in addressing the high prevalence of mental ill-health in Kerala, but there has been very little or no research on addressing MHL in Kerala. Our exciting partnership will extend our current collaborations and develop new partnerships to bring together UK and Indian research expertise in mental health and theatre practice with Indian NGOs, theatre groups, general public and the media to explore and promote MHL in urban and rural communities.