“it’s been a beautiful journey….” is what one of the community health worker spoke about her journey through the Community Mental Health Training Program ( C-MHTP). In their effort towards responding to the socioeconomic and infrastructural challenges for access to mental health services in India, Ummeed in collaboration with Narrative Practices, Adelaide designed the Community Mental Health Training Program. The first of its kind in India C-MHTP is designed to train community health workers to use Narrative approaches in Hindi to provide mental health services in their respective communities.

Last week we completed the last training block which revolved around teaching some new ideas of narrative practices. The ideas explored over the five days of block 3 were : Re-Membering, Absent But Implicit, Building Communities and Linking Lives, The Journey Metaphor and Definational Ceremonies.

Here are some  pictures of the participants and the teaching team exploring their ways towards rich story development.

Daisy Daruwalla teaching the  remembering map
Daisy Daruwalla teaching the remembering map
Practicing the Re-membering map
Practicing the Re-membering map
What Re-Membering means to us?
What Re-Membering means to us?
Shona Russell and Radhika Sharma in action
Shona Russell and Radhika Sharma in action
Exploring what's absent but implicit.
Exploring what’s absent but implicit.
Group Discussion
Group Discussion
The participants used various metaphors to depict the meaning they made of Absent but Implicit map.
The participants used various metaphors to depict the meaning they made of Absent but Implicit map.

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mapping their journey through the training and the road ahead.....
mapping their journey through the training and the road ahead…..

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Linking lives around a shared theme
Linking lives around a shared theme
An Ummeed Training without celebration....that's not happening
An Ummeed Training without celebration….that’s not happening
The people who inspire us......
The people who inspire us……

The teaching team has been witnessing some amazing stories of their work in the communities using narrative approaches. We plan to share some of these inspiring pieces of work with you. The participants will be celebrating their C-MHTP journey next month at The Graduation Ceremony with stories, dreams, smiles and loads of awesome FOOD 😉

Be tuned for the pictures 🙂

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