narrative therapy india

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

Consulting the Consultants : In Conversations with…


10th October is celebrated as Mental Health Day across the world. This year Ummeed hosted a Panel Discussion where Children and Young People were invited to have conversations and share their stories, ideas about mental health and share thoughts about changes needed in the way society understands mental health and support for mental health.

It was a lively and an exciting morning filled with a lot of energy, smiles and vibrant discussion.

On being asked what is the one quality they would like to give professionals, this is what the panelists had to say…

“Samajh rakh paana, to understand where the other person is coming from” – Preeti

“Alag alag perspectives se dekh paana” – Sanket

“Unki language mein samjhana, Unki soch ke hisaab se samjhana” – Megha

“Intentional listening – Sunna aur logon ka context samajhna” – Shahbaan

“Acceptance aur power ko break karna. Koi superior/inferior nahi hona chahiye” – Anjali


World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2018

We at Ummeed invite all to join us on 10th October 2018 as we celebrate World Mental Health Day with an exciting Panel Discussion comprising of children and young people. Please refer to the flyer for more details. Spread the word.

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month

The Mental Health Team is looking forward to hosting some spaces through the month of October, and inviting all to celebrate the WHO Mental Health Awareness Month. We are excited to share this space with everyone through activities, workshops, and conversations. Please refer to the flyer for more information. Spread the word.

Monthly Narrative Gathering – October 2018


Inviting everyone to join us for our next Narrative Gathering  “Ankahi”. 

Rakesh Ghone will be sharing his journey with narrativeideas practices through the Community Mental Health Training program. 

Let us hear his wonderful story in his words.

Date: October 6th Saturday  

Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Venue: Ummeed Training Facility

Zoom is available for those who cannot come in person. 

Poem documenting her lived experiences by Salma Safree

Salma Safree a participant from Setco Foundation reciting a poem documenting her lived experience during Community Mental Health Training Program – 4 using Narrative Ideas and Practices.

The Craziest, Wildest, Magical Thing Ever – Asking |Raviraj Shetty| TEDxTheOrchidSchool

Narrative Therapy India is super excited to share TEDx speaker…Raviraj Shetty.
What would our world feel like, if each one of us would ask before assuming? Not any kind of asking, but asking with curiosity and intention of love, care and hope. In his talk, Raviraj will share stories of what becomes possible by the simple act of asking and unpack the power of ASKING.
Raviraj lives in Mumbai with his parents, sister and an amazing bunch of friends. He is an occupational therapist, trainer, supervisor and a manager at Ummeed Child Development Center, a non- profit organization which collaborates with children experiencing disabilities and their families. He believes in his heart that people are not the problem, but the problem is the problem. Curiosity, Hope and Magic are things that guide his life.
At Ummeed, he initiated The Magical Pen-pal project, The Pen-Pal project, The special something along with The I’mperfect Fathers group.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Narrative Ideas Travel to Goa

Raviraj Shetty and Jehanzeb Baldiwala from Ummeed facilitated a two-day introductory workshop with Aileen Dsouza from Sethu on Narrative Ideas and Practices.

Hypochondria (the preoccupation with ones health)


It’s here

It’s there;

I can feel it

Why don’t you see it?

I can feel it

I can sense it

I’m sure it’s there


Yet again, it has come back to bother me;

That preoccupation with my health


Something is holding me back from

leading a life of vigour

Is it (the preoccupation with health)

holding me?



Or am I holding it?


-Mala Chadha


Diversity Shala: A Two-day workshop by Team Apni Shala on Gender and Sexuality

Amrita and Rohit from Apni Shala conducted a two-day workshop on “Gender and Sexuality” for the Mental Health professionals at Ummeed Child Development Center.
During this workshop, participants explored their own gender and sexuality journeys, unpacked the gender binary boxes to explore the possibilities of gender spectrum, understood gender identity, expression, and transition, explored the social, economic and political implications of and on our social identities of gender and sexuality, understood the systemic nature of discrimination and how we can build agency and action.

It was an extremely enriching experience and has got most of us more aware and conscious of actively engaging and opening more conversations about gender and sexuality.

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