DIYouth Advocacy has been developed by young people, for young people, to be used by anyone, especially those with lived experience of mental health concerns, to advocate for mental health rights.
It has been created in consultation with mental health advocates, experts, and community leaders, and takes inspiration from existing global advocacy toolkits. It provides information about fundamental concepts of mental healthcare and related legal provisions in India, and takes you through a step-by-step guide to conceptualize, implement and evaluate a mental health advocacy initiative. Whether you are a young person, a person with lived experience, or a community leader, we hope that this resource will aid your journey and enable you to gain new skills.
With the help of this resource, you can access a range of tools, download free templates to aid planning, and learn from youth-led advocacy initiatives.
The DIYouth Advocacy resource has been created by Sangath and the Mariwala Health Initiative (MHI), and is funded by MHI and Comic Relief, UK, through the Speak Your Mind Campaign Fund. Sangath, along with Mariwala Health Initiative, hosts Speak Your Mind in India.
Speak Your Mind (SYM) is a global citizen-led partnership with a collective purpose to unite national and international campaigning groups, individuals and influencers and demand progress for mental health around the world. It was developed by its partners, incubated and supported by UnitedGMH, who work with a range of national and global organizations.