psychologist and content creator, Delhi
Divija Bhasin founded ‘The Friendly Couch’―a mental health organisation where she connects people with reliable therapists on her team. Her videos on Instagram―on subjects like mental health and feminism―are made with a light touch. In a world of quacks, her aim is to raise awareness on the importance of professional care for those with poor mental health.
The change I would like to see
The first thing that needs to be done to develop this field further in India is to have government regulations and policies in place. There is no official licensing body for psychologists in India. If there is no law or law enforcement, there cannot be any real change. We also need large-scale awareness on what mental health actually is and how important it is to acknowledge it. We need to see it being given importance at the basic level, like in schools and colleges. I would also love to see more psychologists spreading awareness on social media.
As told to Anjuly Mathai