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by Rohan Sabharwal category: Film
My name is Rohan Sabharwal. I'm a filmmaker and social entrepreneur from India. I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, but it was not until recently that, at the age of 35, that I finally came out with the fact that I have a mental illness.
Ignorance is widespread in India even among the most educated folk and even though more people are talking about it today than ever before, there is still widespread stigma and it tends to only make things worse, even for the average upper class urban Indian. As far as rural India goes, it's infinitely worse. In a country where less than 2% of doctors exist for 68% of the population, one can only imagine how very minute that number is when it comes to mental health, problems relating to which often go undiagnosed.
On February 1st, 2017 I embarked on a cycling expedition across the south of India, covering a distance of over 2000kms, visiting small towns and villages and collecting stories and data on the state of Mental health in these areas. I will now begin the second leg of my expedition towards the north of India, this time covering a distance of almost 2500kms. All of this will come together as the first feature length documentary film to come out of India that will tackle mental health in the unique way that it does, bringing over 50 stories on topics like bullying, drug and alcohol addiction, poverty and debt, lack of infrastructure and medical facilities, stigma etc.
We need all the help we can get to promote the film and also the ongoing campaign which will raise awareness along the way about the real issues affecting India's Mental health, if nothing else.
Rohan Sabharwal is a filmmaker and social entrepreneur. He has worked as a director on over 50 films in advertising, documentary filmmaking and Television. He is currently the co-founder of CraYon Impact, a social enterprise that uses performing arts to bring awareness to disability, mental health and gender.