Privacy Policy
Mann Mela is committed to protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of any personal information you share with us. The following explains how we collect, use and protect personal information provided by you to us.
Who we are
Mann Mela is an initiative by Sangath (, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). This website and its content are owned and operated by Sangath, a registered society (Registration number 138/Goa/96), under the Societies Registration Act of India, 1860, having its registered office at H. NO: 451, Bhatkar Vaddo, Porvorim, Goa 403521.

For further information about our privacy practices, or any queries or questions related to this website, you can write to the Principal Investigator at the below address:

Pattie Gonsalves
Sangath, E-5, Lane 1,
Westend Marg, Saiyad ul ajaib,
Saket, New Delhi 110030, India
Or email
By using our website, you hereby consent to our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Disclaimer.
Should we update, amend or make any changes to this document, those changes will be prominently posted here.
How we collect information
Everything we do, we do to ensure that young people experiencing a mental health problem are able to access good quality information, support and to reduce stigma around mental health in India. We want to make sure you receive the communications that are most relevant to you, be it through visiting our website or receiving emails. We collect information from you in the following ways:

Unless you do so willingly, we do not attempt to collect any information that may personally identify you. When you visit our website, we gather general information which might include which pages you visit most often and forms which you may or may not have filled. We may also track which pages you visit when you click on links in emails from us. We also use "cookies" to help our site run effectively. There are more details below – see 'Cookies'.

We may collect personal information from you when you interact with us directly through website surveys, email communication , enquiries or over other forms of social media. This collection may be required to allow you to receive information from us, or to register as a contributor and become involved in our story creation process. The personal information we collect may include your name, address, age or date of birth, phone number and email address. The extent of information you wish to share with us is completely at your discretion.
How we use the information we collect
The personal information you provide to us shall be used only to provide you with any information that you may request or to involve you in Mann Mela, as notified by you. If you have agreed to receive emails from Mann Mela, your personal information such as your email address may be used to send you emails about our activities, or to invite you to participate in surveys or research. Each email shall give you the opportunity to decline to receive any further communications by unsubscribing.
Third Party Websites
The Website may contain links to other sites operated by third parties (“Third Party Websites”). These links are provided merely for your convenience. While we strive to provide only quality links to useful and ethical websites, we have no control over the content and nature of these sites, nor are we responsible for the privacy practices employed by other sites. These links to other websites do not imply a recommendation for all the content found on these sites. Site owners and content may change without notice and may occur before we have the opportunity to remove a link which may have gone 'bad'. A link to a Third Party Website shall not be construed as an endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation by Mann Mela. Please be also aware that when you leave our website, other sites may have different privacy policies and terms which are beyond our control. Please be sure to check the Privacy Policies of these sites as well as their "Terms of Service" before engaging in any business or uploading any information. This privacy statement does not cover the information practices of those websites or advertisers.
Sharing information
We will never sell or share your personal information with organisations so that they can contact you for any marketing activities. Nor do we sell any information about your web browsing activity. We will not pass on your personal information to anyone else without your explicit consent except in exceptional circumstances. Examples of this might include anyone reporting serious self-harm or posing a threat to others or children contacting us and sharing serious issues such as physical abuse or exploitation. Where you have given us your explicit consent or otherwise clearly indicated to us (for example, by submitting your story through our 'Share Your Story' website page) that you are happy for us to share your story, then we may publish it on our blog or in other media.
Information about Children and Young People
Our website only accepts Story Submissions from people 18 years of age and above. If we receive submissions from people below 18 years of age, we will not publish their submission on Mann Mela.
Our liabilities
We will in no way be liable to you or anyone else for any loss or damage, however caused (and whether direct, indirect, consequential or economic) which may be directly or indirectly suffered in connection with use of this Website or websites which are linked from this Website (“Third Party Websites”). Any action you take upon the information you find on this website, is strictly at your own risk.
Mann Mela is not in the business of providing counselling services and does not own, operate or control the helpline number listed on this website. The helpline number is listed for referral purposes only, and Mann Mela does not make any recommendations or guarantees regarding the quality of response and advice you might receive from the helpline. Mann Mela disclaims all liability for damages of any kind arising out of calls made to the helpline number.
How you can use the content on our website
Mann Mela contains Content specifically provided by us, our partners or other users and such Content is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets or other proprietary rights and laws. Our website allows you to download and distribute our content pages. You are free to download, print, and redistribute these pages without any cost. Sale of these contents without express permission of the proprietors of this website, or attempts to tamper with downloaded content to remove our trademarks is forbidden.
What are Cookies
As is common practice with almost all professional websites, this site too uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your device, like your computer, phone, or tablet when you use a website. These files let websites recognise your device, so that the sites can work more effectively, and also gather information about how you use the site. A cookie, by itself, can't be used to identify you. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or 'break' certain elements of the site's functionality.

How we use cookies
We use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you come to our website and also allows us to improve the user experience.

1. Email newsletters related cookies
This site offers newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.

2. Surveys related cookies
From time to time we offer user surveys and questionnaires to understand our user base more accurately. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken part in a survey or to provide you with accurate results after you change pages.

3. Forms related cookies
When you submit data to us through a form such as those found on Share your story, cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

4. Site preferences cookies
In order to provide you with a great experience on this site we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences we need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page that is affected by your preferences.
Third Party Cookies
Should we update, amend or make any changes to this document, those changes will be prominently posted here.
How we collect information
In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.
We use Google Analytics, Google Analytics demographics and interest reporting, and integrated services that require Google Analytics to collect data via advertising cookies and identifiers. Google Analytics is a tool that helps websites to understand how their visitors behave. It uses a set of cookies to collect information and report website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google. It also uses some cookies set by other websites to help us understand more about our sites’ visitors. 

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.
You may note additionally that when you visit our website, you may be required to accept cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that the website may not function properly.
I don’t want any cookies
You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser. You can opt out of being tracked by cookies set by third parties by using the Google ad preferences page or the opt-out tool. You can also get more information from Google or the Your Online Choices website. Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit and our website may not function for you as we would like it to.