“…The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote. To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of star dust. In every field, in studies, in streets, in politics, and in dying and living.” – Dr Rohith Vemula
The Blue Dawn is a mental health care support group for Bahujans (Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Nomadic Tribes, Decriminalised Notified Tribes across religions), which believes in community healing. Mental health is a social issue, especially when it comes to the marginalised sections. We do not agree with individualistic approach of mental healthcare in the West as well as in India. We stress the need to form solidarities and assure people living with mental illness that they are not alone in their struggle.
The Blue Dawn connects the marginalised persons to affordable and accessible mental health services. Mental health services in India are exclusive and cater only to the upper caste and are not cognisant of mental health issues caused by structural oppression and caste distress. The Blue Dawn functions as a support group as well as a facilitator of queer-friendly, disabled-friendly, anti-caste mental health care services for Bahujans.
The Blue Dawn organises workshops for people living with mental illnesses, students, activists, social workers, etc, to make language of mental health accessible to a wider set of people, and training programmes for mental health professionals.
We also maintain a blog called The Blue Dawn Writes. It is a platform where you can share your stories, struggles and commentary on sociopolitical issues. Please send us your articles and pitches on [email protected].
The Blue Dawn runs a WhatsApp group for persons with mental illnesses to come together and support each other. We also sponsor therapy sessions for people who are looking for free or affordable
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