‘It’s time to talk about mental health’
Music plays an integral role in providing entertainment in our routine lives. It is a known fact that both listening to and creating music has a positive effect on mental health and acts as a stress-buster. Mpower Minds, in its quest to create awareness and alleviate the stigma around mental health illnesses, will organise a music concert, GenM. Bollywood music composer and singer Arijit Singh will perform at the GenM concert, which will be held at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex, on November 12. “GenM endeavours to be the platform which brings together every Mumbaikar to proactively champion mental health causes in India. With Arijit being the flagbearer of the movement for this annual property, leaders from the entertainment, business and sport domains will be in presence to support the cause,” says a source. The brainchild of Neerja Birla and Ananya Birla, Mpower aims to be a movement that brings change by creating awareness, advocating prevention and providing services through a rich network of individuals, professionals and organisations for people living with mental health problems and psycho-social disabilities. Recently, on World Suicide Prevention Day, Mpower even launched the Ear For You Movement, which encourages dialogue on mental health issues. Talking about the launch of GenM, Neerja Birla, founder and chairperson, Mpower Minds, said, “It is widely known that music as a universal language has a positive, calming, soothing effect on mental health. Seeped in melody and rhythm, GenM is a vibrant attempt to bring together our young changemakers - the youth, to join the movement and encourage conversation about mental health and stamp out the stigma (associated with mental illness).” Speaking at the launch of GenM, Ananya Birla, cofounder and vice chairperson, Mpower Minds, said “GenM spurs a one of a kind movement – one that brings the beautiful city of Mumbai to sing in support of our cause. We need to change the culture around mental health. It’s time to talk about it, speak up and encourage dialogue. The responsibility to end the stigma and bias is on our generation.” Dr Zirak Marker, child and adolescent psychiatrist and medical director, Mpower Minds, adds, “Mental health is so stigmatised not just in our country but the world over. By launching GenM, Mpower Minds has taken up the initiative in order to affect change in the society, the way we all think about mental health and to propagate the concept of prevention through music. Music brings about a positive effect on the mind and we hope to make every person a champion of the Mpower Minds movement in India.” Tickets for GenM are available on Paytm, the concert’s official ticketing partner. Proceeds will be directed towards the Mpower Foundation.