Depression and anxiety affect over 600 million people worldwide, and in the developing world, women are almost two times more likely than men to experience depression in their lifetimes. Lack of awareness and stigma are two of the three leading barriers to diagnosis or treatment.
thisisforHER improves mental health awareness and education for women and girls through unique art therapy group workshops. The organization amplifies reach and impact by partnering with existing organizations working with at-risk populations to integrate the exercises into their own programmatic work (e.g., poverty, education, domestic violence).
Saumya and her husband Samir co-founded the organization in 2017 and launched initial pilots in Kampala, Uganda.