Young artists come together to create awareness

To express solidarity and support to public health initiatives in mental health and palliative care, Mehac Foundation (Mental Health Care and Research) held an art exhibition here in the India International Centre Annexe.

Renowned senior artists as well as a number of upcoming artists collaborated with the foundation to launch the initiative. The four-day art show concluded on February 28 and saw participation by more than 30 artists of varying profiles.

“Among the artists was Anjunath, a 10-year-old from Kerala who specialises in painting greens,” the organiser, Madhu Sen said. According to Sen, Anjunath has been making impressions of his native place and was more than willing to contribute his work when he was made aware of the aim of the exhibition.

Anjunath, who hails from from Harithavanam in Thrissur, encapsulates the little-diverse acts of everyday lives in Kerala. Born to Vinaylal and Sindhu in 2004, he is a student of class 4 in Devamatha CMI Public School.

“There was also work by 17-year-old untrained artist Anuj Kumar Vishvakarma, who belongs to the Nithari village in Noida,” Sen added.

The charitable trust’s community-based mental healthcare is taken forward through a network of clinics and care-homes involving the public and a variety of local partners, including institutions of local self government and non- governmental organisations.
“Mehac Foundation has been carrying out initiatives addressing mental disorders among the socially and economically backward sections of the society for the last eight years,” the organiser told Metrolife.

Art curator Anoop Nath told to Metrolife, that the fundraising experience saw a convergence of different types of artwork.

“Given that the whole exhibition was put together in a span of six to eight weeks is in itself a great job. Generally, artists take their own time to put out their work but being well aware of the intention behind this particular exhibition, it seemed like they sensed the urgency,” Nath said.

The foundation also incorporates palliative care to give relief to people with chronic diseases. “The public health initiatives of Mehac Foundation have made a difference to hundreds of people with psychiatric problems as well as their families spread across several districts of Kerala. These include Alappuzha, Ernakulum, Palakkad, Thrissur, Kannur, Malappuram and Wayanad districts. During this period, we have provided care and contributed in the rehabilitation of over 1,200 needy people,” Sen added.

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