One of COVID-19’s most powerful effects has been its ability to hold up a mirror to our society – both, at a global level, and also a deeply personal one -- showing us things in ourselves that we have long avoided or prefer not to see.
While this pandemic will pass, we cannot expect life to simply return to the way it was. It is more important than ever before for us to imagine futures in which the scars may remain, but we are changed by this experience to be more resilient instead of vulnerable - so that we are able to see not only the post-Covid era but also the future with hope.
Breakdown or breakthrough?
We know that COVID-19 is not creating a new mental health crisis but expanding an existing crisis and highlighting that we simply do not have the resources and breadth of effective treatments to deal with it. We talk with global expert Prof Vikram Patel from Harvard Medical School about how we can prioritize and put mental health front and center in India’s response to and recovery from COVID-19.
We also meet three young people, Divya, Kehkasha, and Suraj, about that one day in the pandemic they will never forget.
Prof. Vikram Patel Divya Hariharan Kehkasha Sheikh and Suraj
Through our podcast, we consider from a personal, research, and policy perspective, how the COVID-19 pandemic offers us a historic opportunity to examine a range of challenges related to how young people live, learn and work, and transform our approach to addressing their mental health concerns for the long-term.
The research for this podcast included consultations with 40 young people from across India, captured through a series of online focused-group discussions and individual interviews conducted by our team between December 2020 and March 2021.
Music & audio production
Podcast research team
Faith Gonsalves Pattie Gonsalves Sweta Pal Arunima Gururani
40 youth participants Prof. Vikram Patel Ritika Gupta Anupma Dhar
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