Shama Parkhe is the co-founder with Anando Chatterji of the Hank Nunn Institute, a not-for-profit Public Charitable Trust in Bengaluru, India, which is creating new services and trainings in the area of mental health (for their Facebook page, see here).
In July of this year (2015) Shama visited England to explore the British therapeutic community scene and learn about training and practice here. At the end of a day at P.E.T.T. she recorded a podcast about her visit to England, her background and work in India, and her vision of the future. Listen to the podcast here.
In this first podcast since returning to India, she discusses with her colleague Jayashree Nadig what has been going on ... and what is about to happen!
Letter from Shama:
The last month has gone by quickly. Our community has grown from 2 to 6 client members. Anando and myself have also been working on starting a few training programs for students and professionals in the field of mental health.
We are slowly getting down to recording bits of our work here. This is a conversation between myself and Jayashree Nadig, a clinical psychologist and core member of the Hank Nunn Institute (HNI). We talk about my journey after having returned from UK and the upcoming TC in Dharwad, North Karnataka, for which Jayashree will be the Community Manager.
Jayashree has been a part of HNI right from its conception. In fact, it was Anando and Jayashree along with two others who discussed the idea of setting up an NGO for mental health for nearly one year, before I joined. Jayashree has worked in residential units for people with chronic psychiatric disorders for 15 years. She has recently moved to Dharwad and is very enthusiastic about setting up a semi-urban day Therapeutic Community.
We recorded this on my phone, for the lack of better equipment at present. The audio is therefore not of good quality. But I hope you enjoy it!
Jayashree Nadig, Shama Parkhe and Anando Chatterji