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Mental Health Awareness Week

MeHeLP India published artworks by independent artist Priya Aravind, in connection with Mental Health Awareness Week.

Elappully, Palakkad

The MeHeLP team was there on Friday, February 6, 2020, to interact with users and carers.

Locality Name : Elappully ( എലപ്പുള്ളി )
Block Name : Malampuzha
District : Palakkad
State : Kerala
Division : Central Kerala
Language : Malayalam and English, Tamil, Hindi

The journey begins at Elappully

The fascinating experience of co-production.

Attapadi, Kerala

Attapadi is widely known as “a celestial dreamland of nature” (www.kerala.com/pages/attappadi). The gorgeous territory of Attapadi comprises of Agali, Sholayur, and Puthoor panchayats. The region sits in the border between Tamil Nadu and Kerala and therefore has both Tamil and Keralan cultural influence, inhabited by tribal clans, Irula, Muduka and Kurumba. The one hundred and eighty-seven tribal hamlets are known as “OORUS” and are located in some of the remotest areas of Attapadi amidst the hills and valleys.

We travelled deeper in those remotest areas to understand the mental health difficulties that these people, who are still to become part of civilised life, encounter in their day to day life. Our research project aims to develop and promote mental health literacy not only in urban centres but within the rural mass.

As part of this research project, we spend hours listening to people in Attapadi, interviewing carers and users. Learning from those stories, we are now working with them alongside theatre professionals to co-create and coproduce community theatre to promote mental health literacy. There are and were challenges but we have been and are standing strong to overcome those barriers and empower the communities. Support us in our journey