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Open-mindedness | Nikita Mehra | TEDxYouth@HFSI

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Nikita Mehra, a passionate and bold eighteen year old in college, has already set out to engender changes she wants to see in the world. Inspired by her mother, Nikita simply aspires to help those who need help. Through her work as a holistic counselor, Nikita aims to dwindle the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Nikita Mehra is an inspiring teenager who wants to bring about changes in society’s prevalent approach and mentality towards mental and emotional health. In hopes of promoting and providing help to individuals who may face issues regarding such illness, the 17 year old believes in healing through Sound Frequencies. As the name suggests this ‘Sound Therapy’ involves production of harmonic vibrations and sound waves through instruments so as to achieve a level of relaxation.
In India, the topic of mental illness is almost a taboo. People suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or any such mental illness, would rather ignore their mental health than be labelled ‘mad’ or ‘retarded’. This stigma towards such illnesses can precipitate a series of negative outcomes, such as self-harm and suicide. Thus, to be a part of the solution, Nikita is working towards dwindling the stigma around counselling for mental health. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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