Interviewed via form.
It is very important to actively talk about and discuss mental health in order to normalize the conversation around it. Luckily, there are individuals like Vasundhara. She took advocating one step farther and even founded her own social-media based platform called Inspire Dose, where she actively spreads awareness about mental health. We are so glad that she chose to submit an interview with us!
1. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do.
“I am Vasundhara Chaudhary,16 year old, from Chandigarh, India. I am pursuing my class 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Biology. I have always been an all rounder student from being part of cabinet to being the school topper in class 10 to participating in all co-curricular activities.I have keen interest in writing, dancing, oratory, reading and painting.Have made small achievements in all the fields mentioned. I had been awarded with Selfless Service Award by my school.The lockdown gave me an opportunity so in July 2020 I founded a firm @inspire._.dose which deals the MentalHealth, spirituality, Healthcare, lifeskills etc. .I have made a smart city model for saving our environment and have been awarded with green Champion award from schneider electrics, India.I also have my articles published in local daily.I am the Lead Writer for magazine @thebrightsidemz.Blog writer for @urbetterbrain .I am also part of a literary club @lit_o_sphere . I am science department writer for @stemxyz.”
2. What does mental health mean to you?
“From a young age I had been inclined towards mental health..To be honest I had faced anxiety and very mild depression at different stages of my life and this makes me determined to do something in this field. Spreading awareness about Mental health and helping people deal it has always been my passion. I want people to understand that talking about mental health is not a shame and we should create stigma about it.”
3. How do you deal with your own mental health?
“M- Mediation E- Excercise N- no to negativity T- Take a break A- Accept who you are L- Listen soothing music H- healthy lifestyle E- eat well A- ask for help L- laugh loudly T- Take deep breath H- hone your talents Apart from this mnemonic. Spirituality also helps in dealing with my stress. Reading holy scriptures and visiting holy places gives eternal joy and peace”
4. Any particular mental condition/disorder/illness that means a lot to you?
“Anxiety and depression are the two conditions that means a lot to me. May be because I have gone through them. But I really love reading articles,news and reports on these two topics. Through my organisation I also spread awareness and give tips about how to deal them up.”
5. in your household/community/state/province/territory/country (please choose to regard at least one), do you think that the stigma around mental health has reduced to a notable extent or is it still really evident? Why do you think that is?
“Taking the country as whole though there has been improvement but still lot of progress is needed. Youth still understand this topic but middle-aged and old people totally stigmatize it maybe because they lived a more happy and simple life as compared to today’s busy and complicated life. But we still need a lot of effort to make a change and only and only youth can do it.”
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