‘Project Hope’ is a weekly mental health support group initiative taken by an online mental health group, Anxiety Anonymous.
It is studied that Mental illness typically strikes young people in their most productive years, 16-25 with conditions like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder and while there is currently a lot of awareness being created on these issues, there is however not much being done to create help and a collective solution for the problem in terms of encouraging the affected people to seek medical help or developing emotional fitness or control.
Project Hope will offer a chance to people suffering from mental health issues to not only network and talk to each other but identify the recurring patterns or moods they go through as well so that they can create ways to channel the feelings associated to their anxiety and depression in order to develop better control and be more productive and creative in their daily lives.
The event will have four influencer speakers Khalid Malik, Ahsan Bari, Varah Mussavir and Hasan Daudpota from the fields of Music, TV/Radio, Business and Art/Humanity as well as two certified experts in the fields of Psychology, Therapy and Life Coaching.
A short play on mental health among the youth will also be performed by students of Beaconhouse School System’s Drama society and the event would descend in a mystic and mesmerizing performance by multi-genre ensemble and band, ‘Sounds Of Kolachi’.
About the Organisation:
Anxiety Anonymous is an online Mental Health support group initiated by Dreen Anwar with 1,017 members reached in a matter of 2 months. Dreen Anwar is a Creative Director & Designer by profession and has been a victim of chronic anxiety, persistent depression and panic disorder since her teenage. She realized that identifying your type of mental health problems can take time and therefore longer in treatment which is why she believes it is important to create general awareness about mental health as well as encourage people to seek treatment and develop emotional muscle in cases of early signs.
The group has a majority of young adults and teenagers as well as doctors, therapists, life coaches and psychiatrists like Sana Zehra, Misban Khan, Nusrat Jabbar, Asad Rezzvi and more. It also encourages people to share their stories without worrying about the stigma or judgment associated to discussing mental health problems and hence has an option of posting as anonymous if someone wishes to keep their identity hidden. Muneeza Khan and Ammar Sheikh follow up on weekly group posts and shares.
The group has received a lot of support and encouragement and the organizers hope it turns out to be a stepping stone in creating maximum awareness about Mental Health in Pakistan.
Date: Wednesday, 14th November 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Entry: Rs. 400/- (Available at Venue)