Meet our ChangeMAKER, Neerja Birla! A champion and an advocate for mental health, Neerja Birla started MPower in an effort to stamp out stigma related to mental health, and most importantly, aid in empowering the minds of people who are struggling. Going on a journey of self-learning herself, Neerja's experience with the effects of mental illness was with her daughter who was struggling. Taking on the role of a caretaker, Neerja understood that it was pertinent to normalise the conversations surrounding mental health so that one day it will be treated just like any other physical illness. A believer that destigmatization will have to be a systemic change, Neerja knows that it is important, now more than ever, to turn our words into actions. While mental-health wellbeing is headed in a positive direction, there is still quite a long way to go. So, the time to raise your voice is now.
Produced and Interviewed by Urmi Chatterjee