narrative therapy india

A space to share stories of our work using narrative practices with children, adults and families in the Indian context

‘Jugaad’ – A little book of mental health know-hows, gets featured!


Jugaad is a little book on mental health written by a bunch of 14 really cool, amazing, powerful young voices, curated by Yashna Vishwanathan and has drawings by Ananya Broker Parekh.

Jugaad’ is a word that is used across in several cities of India to describe life-hacks, know-hows people have to respond to everyday situations and problems.

Jugaad, hopes to bring in an alternate literature on what mental health looks like to young people and hopes for it to be a document that lives through the changing times, that has everyone adding in their know-hows, their jugaads through their understandings of mental health.

“We did our ‘first look’ of Jugaad with the people of our narrative community at our monthly narrative gathering last month at Ummeed Child Development Center, Mumbai. We did an activity where we asked participants to stitch their own patches, with the hope to be joined by all the people bringing in their own patches of jugaads – life – hacks, know-hows of responding to everyday stress/situations and to help us keep growing this document and the book. The gathering was an afternoon of warmth, resonance and excitement for a book that has shaped from young people’s lived experiences..”

Jugaad was featured in the Asian Age – Mumbai edition and we’re so excited for so many more of us to know of this collective document authored by our 14 young people.

“An illustrated book gives us a peek into the minds of young adults, their perception of mental health and the hacks they use to deal with their mental health needs.”




Weaving Our Voices: 2nd International Narrative Therapy Conference India



Ummeed Child Development Center Mumbai warmly invites you to Weaving Our Voices – the second Conference celebrating Narrative Ideas and Practices in India.

The gathering will be held in Mumbai, India 30th January to 4th of February 2020.

We hope it will be a coming together of a narrative community for sharing the ideas and practices of the narrative approach in the context of therapy, group work, supervision, and community work, especially in the diverse Indian contexts. There will also be opportunities for capacity building for professionals and community workers from all over the globe.

It will include pre and post-conference workshops, oral and poster presentations and panel discussions from a wide range of renowned practitioners in the field.

Voices include…


2 – Day Introductory workshop on Narrative Ideas and Practices

Ummeed’s Mental Health Team is conducting a two-day Introductory Workshop on Narrative Ideas and Practices in Mumbai on 4th and 5th July 2019.
For more details, please refer to the flyer.
Register soon!
NT 2 day July 2019

Mental Health Echo: Narrative Ideas and Practices!

The mental health team at Ummeed is excited to announce their first Mental Health Echo in Narrative Ideas and Practices, starting June 2019. It shall be 10 bimonthly sessions from June to October 2019.
The minimum requirement of the program is having attended at least the 2 – day Introductory workshop to Narrative Ideas and Practices.
Kindly refer to the flyer for further details and to register for the same!
MH Echo - Narrative Ideas and Practices Flyer

Narrative Ideas and Practices travels to Assam, Tezpur

Ummeed’s Mental Health Team collaborated with the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute Of Mental Health,Tezpur this month to explore the unexplored. We spent 4 days with various groups of students and faculty members unpacking narrative ideas and practices.

Some of the highlights included visiting the out patient department and the youth wellness hub and lively dance and music with the group that made learning fun.

Assam, Tezpur Training

Monthly Narrative Gathering – May 2019

Greetings from Ummeed!

Ummeed Child Development Center is eagerly waiting to welcome all people of the narrative community for the Narrative Gathering this Saturday where Yashna along with Ananya and Ravi shall be presenting their work.

They will be sharing their journey of creating a collective document with a group of young people to make visible their knowledge about mental health that is unique to their life, their experiences and their context. The young people pooled together some of the localized, home-skills in managing mental health concerns and curated the handbook ‘Jugaad’!

Yashna Vishwanathan is a mental health worker at Ummeed working with children experiencing developmental disabilities and their families. Informed by narrative practices she has been interested in exploring social inclusion, exploring deconstructing practices, social justice and writing.

Ananya Broker Parekh is an illustrator who loves to make pictures. She sees the world through pictures capturing color, textures and diversity.

Raviraj Shetty is a mental health worker and an occupational therapist. Raviraj enjoys his identity as a teacher of narrative ideas and practices for professional and community health workers across India. Raviraj along with his thought partner Jehanzeb have been interested in exploring narrative ideas within the diverse context of supervision, organisation, teaching and parenting.

Date: 11th May 2019

Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Venue: Ummeed Training Facility

Zoom is available for those who cannot come in person. 


Narrative Ideas travel to Hyderabad, yet again!

The Mental Health Team at Ummeed Child Development Center, Mumbai is excited to announce a short – term training program in Narrative Ideas and Practices in Hyderabad, starting in June 2019. This training program is organized by Pause for Perspective, Hyderabad.

For more information, kindly refer to the flyer.Pause for Perspective Hyderabad 2019

Celebrating a Year of Narrative Gatherings!

We are excited to invite all the people from our narrative community to come together to celebrate one year of Narrative Gatherings!

Kindly refer to the flyer for more details.

Weaving Our Voices

We are excited to share some news…

Announcing Weaving Our Voices January 30th to February 4th, 2020.

Stay tuned for more information And don’t forget to Save The Date!!

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