School of Social and Political Science

Intersectionality and mental health recovery in the Global South

Online event
28 October 2021
10:00 - 11:00


Online event



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This second webinar of our global mental health webinar series will focus on intersections between structural inequalities, intersectionality and mental health 'recovery'.

Four speakers will present on different aspects of the intersectional nature of mental health recovery. We will hear about coping mechanisms among disadvantaged groups during COVID 19 lockdown in North India; the lived experiences of Dalit women in India, and much more.

This event will take place on Thursday the 28th of October

2.30pm-3.30pm (Indian Standard Time)

11am-noon (South Africa Standard Time)

10am-11am (British Standard Time)

Dr. Kaaren Mathias is a public health doctor/activist and researchers based at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and also an advisor to Burans, a community mental health initiative in Uttarakhand, India. She works in and around participation, gender, mental health, equity and health systems in communities.

Meenal Rawat is a public policy graduate from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, and works as Research Coordinator at Burans in Dehradun. Her research interests span mental health, disability, idioms of distress and equity for mental health care.

Suntosh R. Pillay, Clinical Psychologist, King Dinuzlu Hospital (Durban, South Africa).

Suntosh works in public healthcare as a clinical psychologist at King Dinuzulu Hospital Complex in Durban, South Africa, and is affiliated to the College of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He is a Council member of PsySSA (Psychological Society of South Africa); a researcher in the African LGBTI+ Human Rights Project; and co-founder of the KwaZulu-Natal Mental Health Advocacy Group. In 2015, the Mail and Guardian publication named him one of the top 200 young South Africans in Healthcare.

He has presented his research at local and international conferences and is on the Editorial Board for the journal Psychology in Society (PINS). He writes actively about social justice, race, gender, sexuality, and their intersections with psychosocial wellbeing. He welcomes collaborations and community/academic partnerships.

Dr. Vaishali Vilas Sonavane, Mariwala Health Initiative (Maharashtra, India)

Vaishali has a Ph.D in Women’s Studies from Tiss Hyderabad and is currently working as the grant manager at Mariwala Health Initiative. Vaishali has been working in the social change field for more than 15 years now. Ranging from Marxism, Feminism, Buddhism and being Ambedkariet.

Please note that this session will be recorded.

Key speakers

  • Dr. Kaaren Mathias
  • Meenal Rawat
  • Suntosh R. Pillay
  • Dr. Vaishali Vilas Sonavane

Partner institutions

  • Burans