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We all at some point in our lives have come across friends from the community suffering from anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric ailments. The sad truth about India is we think only severe cases of mental illnesses need professional help/counseling and at times we actually ignore the situation till it worsens. Its a proven that LGBT people are prone to mental illness. Thankfully people/ groups have started acknowledging the fact and started working towards it.

Harmless hugs – a New Delhi based queer support group not only supports the mental health awareness cause but has already started taking initiatives. Their first queer event of the year 2018 will be “Let’s Talk About It” a workshop with Deepak Kashyap

A session on “Depression, Anxiety and Know How to deal with Loneliness” by renowned psychologist and life skills trainer Deepak Kashyap. Come, ask your queries, gather information, and know more about the topics. Here are the details –

Venue – India HIV / AIDS Alliance, 6 Community Centre, Zamrudpur, Kailash Colony Extension, New Delhi 110048

Date – Sunday 14th January 2018

Time – 3 PM to 7 PM

Entry – Free and open to queer community and allies

About Deepak Kashyap –

Deepak Kashyap is a wellness counselor and life skills trainer with a freelance practice in person and online. He holds a Master’s Degree in the Psychology of Education from the University of Bristol, UK. He has been formally trained in advanced programs in REBT and CBT from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and attended the MBCT summer school program at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at the University of Oxford, England.

He has conducted workshops in Dubai, the United States, the United Kingdom, India and Canada on various emotional wellbeing projects. He is a published columnist in national newspapers and magazines and writes about issues related to sex, mental health, relationships, and emotional disturbances. He has appeared on various national and international news channels, talk shows, and debates, radio and newspapers, discussing emotional health and sexuality issues.

He has been an integral part of Gay Bombay – an informal, evolving, and safe socio-cultural space for gay men in Mumbai for a few years now and has held a number of workshops on Queer Mental Health issues and relationships.