Join MHT in the quest to ingrain acceptance in our society and find the answer to the question, How to be a Responsible Ally? MHT India along with Ms. Deepapriya Vishwanathan, a LGBT affirmative therapist, discuss the role of mental health in context with sexuality and also aim to develop a ‘Queer Lens’.
The term “Queer” is often used as an umbrella term that sometime defines sexual orientation of an individual such as lesbian, gay, transgender and those that do not conform to popular/ known societal norms. The LGBT community in India had a historic moment on September 6, 2018, when the Supreme Court of India decriminalized homosexuality. Even though the government accepts the LGBT community as they are, there is still discrimination and bias towards the community from the society that further causes social, emotional and mental health issues for various members of the Queer community.
In this MHT Live with Ms. Deepapriya explores the tips and tricks on becoming a responsible ally and supporting the LGBTQ+ community through proper use of language. Ms. Vishwanathan, a clinical psychologist based out of Mumbai, explains the role of mental health and sexuality in this MHT Live.
The LGBTQ+ community in India still undergoes psychological challenges such as self-isolation, prejudice from the society and other relationship issues with family and peers. All these factors can hampers anybody’s mental health, that is why as individuals of the society it is imperative to develop a
“Queer Lens” with includes using the right language, behaviour, being human and breaking stereotypes and stigmas.
About Ms. Deepapriya Vishwanathan
Ms. Deepapriya Vishwanatha is a clinical psychologist based out of Mumbai. She is a mental health professional who also is trained with queer affirmative therapy. She uses an eclectic approach to facilitate her clients’ needs. As a PhD scholar, Ms. Vishwanathan plans on gaining more expertise in psychology and mental health.
Watch the full video : Creating a New Normal | Deepapriya Vishwanathan
About MHT Live
MHT Live is an online space with live streaming on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. At MHT Live, mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers and scholars come together and address a particular issue or advancements in the field of mental health and even chat with the viewers through a live chatbox. Mental health experts in India have been a part of this platform from the very beginning. From mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and psychosis; psychological issues, such as self-esteem, confidence and resilience; as well as social issues such as workplace culture, women’s issues, and LGBT community issues, all have been covered in the multiple MHT Live sessions that take place every Sunday.
The platform aims at connecting professionals with people seeking help, vice-versa. An interactive discussion of approximately 1 hour provides the viewers with a comprehensive knowledge of that particular issues, therapeutic techniques that they can try at home and also contact details of the speaker of a particular webinar.
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