#SocialSupports & YourDost presents: Living Stories | Vol. 1: Mental Health | Curated by Sanchana Krishnan
“Living Stories” is a project to initiate 1-1 conversations between a person who acts as a book and others who come as readers. The first edition of this project is solely dedicated to Mental Health (and the lack thereof).
The idea is for people to share specific life experiences in the form of stories as they become books whom interested readers can issue and read, through personal conversations. ‘Living Stories’ is an attempt at creating a space of acceptance of the need for good mental health and healthcare, of the ugly realities that are the consequences of mental illnesses. We hope to promote compassion by sharing knowledge in the form of stories.
What do you do as a ‘reader’?
1. Come to antiSOCIAL, Khar on 2nd September 17'
2. Walk up to a bunch of brave books whose titles and subtitles you can read before choosing to interact with them.
3. Express interest at wanting to talk to them.
4. Listen to the myriad stories that your book has to tell you, with open ears and an even more open mind.
5. Ask them questions if you wish. Please do respect their wishes regarding touchy topics!
6. Walk away with more colours in your field of view and less judgements muddying that horizon
Volume 1 of Living Stories will feature youngsters whose experiences range from diagnosis of bipolar and borderline personality disorder to nights of insomnia or days flooded with anxiety. It will also showcase stories by experienced professionals and chart out their mental health journeys. This event is important for both the books and their readers, in very different ways. For the books, this experience is a catharsis of sorts. Here are people, who are not friends or loved ones only, who are willingly investing their time and resources into listening to the stories of an absolute stranger. For the readers, the lessons are infinite.
This edition is curated by Sanchana Krishnan, a writer, photographer and travel freak with a personal mission to work on mental health. It is held in association with Social Offline and YourDost.
To be a book: https://nj19.typeform.com/to/AcyqMv
To be a reader: Ticket: INR 300 (incl taxes) which entitles you for 3 slots of 20 minutes each. You could choose how you wish you to spend these 3 slots — all at once, with one book or different books each slot or anything in between. If you'd like to read more books, you could always purchase more slots. Tickets are available only at entry on event day. However, for updates on everything related to the event, we recommend you to RSVP here:https://insider.in/socialxyourdost-living-stories-vol-1-mental-health-mumbai-sept2-2017/event
To note: This project is entirely not-for-profit. The ticketing helps us bring this project to 3 cities offline and create enough content to reach the whole word, online.
Artwork by: Bombatt
About Social Offline:
Apart from being a café, bar and a coworking space, #Social pushes the best of #culture in the city by curating events ranging from workshops to guest lectures to art shows to icebreakers besides hosting the best artists of the music industry (be it underground electronica or death metal or sufi or acoustic).
#SocialSupports causes, movements and acts which aim to bring a change in the society and strike a chord at the interpersonal level. All of this on a weekly basis across 3 cities and 17 outlets (and counting!)
Stay updated with all things Social —
Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat: @socialoffline
The #SocialBlog: socialoffline.in/blog
YourDOST.com, a leading organisation in the mental wellness space, is an online counselling platform which connects people anonymously with experts - psychologists, career coaches and other counsellors for guidance related to personal, professional or academic matters.
For the association, YourDost brings their unparalleled knowledge, network and expertise to the project. Commenting on the partnership, YourDOST’s Co-founder and CEO, Richa Singh said, “Living Stories is a unique initiative that provides people with the avenue to talk. We have often experienced in our field that when people communicate with like-minded people or listen to real-life experiences or struggles, it helps reduce their emotional suffering. Mental health is an extremely important aspect of our well being that is often ignored and we are really happy to be associated with the first chapter which will help address this issue.”
About the curator:
Sanchana Krishnan has a major in literature and a minor in psychology from Christ University. Her professional career has taken her on several adventures. She’s gone from design school to skydiving, photography to solo mountaintop journeys - in parts great, in parts disastrous, and all parts requiring solid taking care of one’s mental health just as much as one would pay attention to the physical. Her lifelong dance with bipolar type 1 did not settle well with society’s insistence that ‘it’s all in your head’ - so she’s actively out to show that there are things in everyone’s head that need taking care of, and in the kindest ways possible.
Get in touch: email@example.com