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Report by Swaroop Waghmare

 We at BAPU Trust, Pune organized an OPEN DAY program on 21st Jan 2016 at Oswal Bandhu Samaj Hall, Timber Market Road, between 11am – 5 pm. Over 200 people from all walks of life, partners and friends of BT, and from local low income communities, participated in the program through the day. Almas Momin (Lay counselor, BT) anchored the program. Dr. Amrit Bakhshy (Chairman, Schizophrenia Awareness Association, Dhayari, Pune), Dr. Bhargavi Davar (Director), Bharati Misal (Program co-ordinator), Mrs. Suvarna Kamble (Support Group Member, from Kashewadi), Sujit Godute (Adolescent Boys Group, Lohia Nagar) shared their views.

 Mr. Amrit Bakhshy congratulated BT, Pune for the good work. He also shared his experiences with BT for past 15 years. And he expressed BT, as a “Enlightening Lamp” in lives of people working with mental health difficulties and disabilities living in the vastis of Pune. Bharati Misal gave words of gratitude towards the community mental health volunteers and corporators who have extended their full support for BT’s work. Suvarna Kamble shared her experience of receiving care from BT, which has boosted her morale in day to day life. Sujit Gadute shared his thanks to BT for helping him build his self-confidence as a teenager. He also shared how his nature of giving care to others also developed through this work. Bhargavi Davar recalled BT experiences of last 15 years and gave all the people who helped BT. She said that “this open day is a new opening door in non-formal care of mentally challenged people”. As BT is extending its horizons in other slums in Pune she said “while working in community we got an idea that support can be thought and practiced”. Communities can be the best support despite challenges.

 A short film ‘Olakh’ was screened, made by Dharma Padalkar, where in the identity crises of a teenager was displayed due to her dark complexion. This was well resolved at the end of movie, and the director highlights other aspects of human life, especially value of creative expression. Shri. Avinash dada Bagwe (Corporator, Kashewadi) visited the program, and congratulated BT, Pune for the good work in his areas. He also expressed complete support for the future work. BT thanked him warmly for continuing support throughout our work here. Members from Schizophrenia Awareness Association, Dhayari, Pune also joined the program, and felicitated us with a gift (a wonderful card featuring a dJembe, an African drum that we use in our programs.

 In the post lunch session various activities were undertaken by the BT members:

 - Straw painting

 - Peace games – by Ratna Begri, Nazia Shaikh, Pratik Kamble, and Almas Momin.

- -Drums Circle was led by Bharati Misal and Kavita Nair.

 - A street play based on ‘Mental Health Awareness’ was presented by adolescent boys groups from the Kashewadi Bastis.

 Students of Department of Psychology, Abeda Inamdar Senior College, Pune also participated actively in the open day program. At the end breathing exercise practice was done for the closure of program. Posters on ‘Wellbeing’ and other materials on display in the hall were appreciated by one and all.

 We thank all the community members, family members, students, medical service providers, NGO service providers, ex-Bapu staff members, partners, consultants, media persons and all people who expressed friendship and solidarity to spread the word about wellbeing, incluison and mental health. We thank OSF for the financial support towards this program.