The video and summary of this session is available here

SATURDAY 25 april

It is only natural that everyone will feel some level of stress and anxiety. Even though mental health has become a widely-publicised topic over the last few years, precious few of us know how to identify symptoms and treat it.

We believe now is the right time to address this issue, especially as we’ve been hearing about increased stress from many people working in the creative sector.

Our writer, Deepak Gopalakrishnan speaks to Vijay Gopal, a qualified mental health counsellor who has a private practice in Mumbai – on how creative folk can navigate these waters during these difficult times. Prior to his counseling practice, Vijay spent years in the corporate world, which makes him well-placed to help people with workplace and career-related issues.

Who should attend?
Anybody working in the creative industry, at all. Especially those who have been feeling a sense of anxiety, helplessness, or just frustration arising from sitting alone at home, or feel overwhelmed with all that is happening.

Cost: ₹200 per attendee. All proceeds will go to sampark.org, to aid their efforts to provide food and hygiene products to migrant workers

10.30 AM to 11:00 AM: Deepak gets advice from Vijay about coping mechanisms for creative folk.

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM: Q&A, where Vijay answers your questions. Questions sent in advance will get preference. Please send in your questions to deepak@thehardcopy.co We are happy to keep questions anonymous during the session, so please mention if you would like that.

We want this to be an interactive session so attendees are limited.

About the guest
Vijay Gopal is a qualified mental health professional who counsels clients in person in Mumbai, or remotely. He has an MA (Psychology) and an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Psychology (ADCP). You can see his full profile here.

“The areas I work with are largely around depression, anxiety, relationships, career transitions, self-esteem, conflict management, loss / grief etc. I am especially keen on helping my clients discover their strengths and find meaning in life through work, health, faith and love.” – Vijay

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