‘It’s time to talk about men­tal health’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - NTERTAINMENT - HTC

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.

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