On 27th December 2018, Trijog flagged off the Mental Health Jam Series at Mumbai's SoHo House with the inaugural panel discussion titled "Mental Health for Urban Indians."
Addressing an intimate gathering of around 18-20 people, our Founder Arushi Sethi first described for what the Mental Health Jam is envisioned as- a safe space for mental health where each soul feels comfortable to share, a space that enables healing through sharing, where Every mind matters, Every emotion is real and Every feeling is unique.
She then went on to introduce our special guest for the day- Ms.Shaheen Bhatt, author of the popular novel "I Have Never Been (Un) Happier" which chronicles her tryst with depression and our expert for the day- Ms. Anureet Sethi, a renowned psychologist. As the conversation kick-started, it saw a beautiful reveal of the host, the guest and the experts own tryst with mental health, how they dealt with it, what makes their journey special and what has inspired them to be where they right now.
The session which aimed to understand the mind of the Urban Indian, focussed on our daily lives, the stresses that we face, various deadlines and how mental health is understood in general. Its purpose was to infuse awareness of how thoughts are caused by emotions, emotions are the fruit of thoughts and the seed of a thought lies in a feeling and how they collectively bring about a particular action. Here arises a vital question: Do we really acknowledge our feelings and emotions? Are we aware of our thoughts, the cycle that goes on?
Where do we vent our emotions? The Mental Health Jam aims to be that safe haven where everyone can feel understood, for people heal the moment they feel understood.
With celebrities like Mahesh Bhatt, Soni Razdan, Atul Khatri sharing their experiences, it made mental health all the more relatable, enabling people to come out of their shells and speak about their life-stories.
The discussion thus took a curve to sharing of strategies where people could understand what they need to do ahead for holistic wellness and how they could sail through their difficulties much more effectively.
Finally, the panelists answered questions put forth by the audience, wherein ensued an exchange of knowledge and strategies for healing.
The inaugural session, thus let people experience the magic of healing and take it back with them to spread it farther!