Instagram handles, podcasts and YouTube channels on mental health
Divija Bhasin, 25, was pursuing her second master’s degree in psychology when the idea of creating mental health-related content struck her one day while browsing TikTok. “I’ve always been an introvert, but I used to create TikToks for fun and somehow gained about 12,000 followers. Once the app was banned, I realized how much I enjoy creating content and have used Reels to generate mental health awareness, while also fulfilling my creative needs. I started taking it more seriously once I saw the appreciation from my audience “, shares the counseling psychologist and content creator.
Bhasin likes to focus on social issues that impact mental health. “Topics include our education system, therapy, culture, sexism, marriage, parenting, toxic positivity, etc. I don’t like creating the usual ‘depression and anxiety’ content because it’s overdone and the mental health is much more complex labels,” she believes.
More recently, she founded The Friendly Couch, where she helps connect people with therapists she personally hires and vouches for. Her message, which emphasizes the importance of talking openly about sexual health with our children so that they can address the problems of child sexual abuse, was particularly appreciated.
Speaking of men’s mental health, she finds it unfortunate that society and men themselves don’t care about it, and says, “If you look at the information from The Friendly Couch, you’ll see that almost 90% of followers are women. Even on my main page, female followers are in the majority, as are my clients. This doesn’t mean that men don’t suffer from mental health issues, but rather that they are genuinely reluctant to seek help and talk about their issues. We have to let go of this idea that people who struggle are weak. Vandana S., a counselor and clinical psychology graduate, noticed the misconceptions about mental health, whether in movies, TV shows, or among people, and she decided to create mental health content like way to give back to society. “I used to learn a lot from Instagram, it got me thinking and I started creating posts first and videos gradually,” she says.
This is how his nickname, Psychoflakes, was born on social networks. “We try to break stereotypes, stigma around mental disorders and mental health. We want to normalize therapy, people’s choices and create an environment where being yourself is completely acceptable and normal,” shares Vandana, who specializes in trauma-informed care, marriage counseling, business psychology, work-life imbalance, career counseling and child psychology.
In fact, many people have come to therapy after watching his videos, and many are encouraging their friends and family members to seek therapy. “People educate others about the benefits of therapy, thereby normalizing it,” Vandana says.
Among her particularly unique articles are topics such as hallucinations, closure, and gender expression. Much like Bhasin and Vandana, a group of content creators related to mental health have crafted posts that help raise awareness about emotional well-being. Here’s a look at a few worth a scroll and click.
@herecomesthesunofficial; 36.1K Followers
Daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, Shaheen’s candor about her mental health struggles at a time when the subject was taboo in India has made her a Gen Z sweetheart. Bhatt’s Insta handle, Here Comes The Sun , is about encouraging conversations about mental health. , and topics range from setting boundaries to anxiety, empathy, and more. She posts engaging stories about toxic positivity versus genuine optimism, impostor syndrome, and grief, among other important conversations.
@L’Artidote; 1.M Followers
This community was started in 2015 by life coach, international speaker and artist Jova Ferreya, and is focused on healing and bonding through art. They have online workshops and in-person gatherings, and topics represented by artwork include self-reflection, resilience, practicing compassion with oneself, and healing. Jova has practiced conscious reparenting for himself and recommends it to his audience. Some of the artworks that are popular on the handle include re-parenting, giving your best every day, and signs of being on the right path to self-realization.
Lost and found marbles
Listen on Spotify and Apple Music
In an effort to raise awareness about mental health and its importance in everyday life, Zain Calcuttawala and Avanti Malhotra launched their podcast Marbles Lost & Found. The co-hosts cannot stress enough the similarity between mental health care and physical well-being and propagate the normalization of not feeling well through the content they broadcast on their podcasts. These podcasts, which air every Tuesday, are around 25-30 minutes long and topics range from self-care and self-esteem to mental health and children.
Mental health with Sonal
Youtube; 88.5K subscribers
Mumbai-based psychologist with over 14 years of experience, Sonali Gupta creates YouTube videos and posts a new one every Tuesday, to raise mental health awareness and bust myths and misconceptions about mental health issues . These videos are also available in Hindi. She tries to offer resources to help people take care of their emotional well-being. Topics include anxiety, signs of depression and the need for therapy.
(Main image: The Artidote)