Application Invited for Conference on Mental Health, Migration and Resilience at TISS Mumbai

ORG- Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai
Closing Date- Registration Open

Globally, the number of internal migrants has been estimated at three-quarters of a billion people. India itself is home to some 326 million internal migrants (28.5% of the population) in addition to the nation’s 11.3 million transnational migrants (UNESCO, 2013). Many arrive at city slums or bastis, seeking work, better prospects and a better way of life; Pune alone has 564 bastis.

And while much mental health literature around migration hitherto has sought a better understanding of the biological, psychological and environmental risk factors for mental health among migrants, there is now a growing recognition that focusing solely on negative risk factors can obscure understanding people’s positive capabilities for mental health, even among those confronting severe challenges and life circumstances.

And this, in turn, can lead to over-reliance on expert-led top-down interventions at the expense of bottom-up community-based approaches. Meanwhile, the concept of resilience has become prominence across a range of international development fields in recent times and is increasingly applied in health care: the mental health resilience of migrants is thus a timely theme for policymakers and practitioners.

  1. To explore the concept of resilience in relation to public mental health and migrant communities.
  2. To explore how public mental health and the mental health resilience of migrants might best be supported and developed, and in ways that are practical, acceptable and appropriate.
  3. To consider how community theatre and other participative arts can help us explore and give voice to migrants and their stories, particularly in relation to mental health and resilience.
  4. To consider innovative participatory methodologies for exploring lived experiences of internal slum-dwelling migrants in India and its implications for research, policy, and practice.
Who can apply
This conference is aimed at medical, health and social care researchers, practitioners and service providers, including academics, postgraduates, psychiatrists, community workers, social workers and socially engaged arts and theater workers. It is also for policy makers, policy implementer. NGOs, corporate and corporate social responsibility (CSR) sectors

How to apply
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