GurgaonMoms’ members at the Art Therapy Worshop by Sukoon Health
Sukoon’ – a profound need we all share. As we journey through life, the realisation dawns that peace and tranquility are our most cherished assets. Yet, these treasures often dwindle in our reserves. The demands of work, home, studies, family, relationship challenges, PMS, postpartum, and menopause can exact a toll on our mental well-being.
While activities like exercise and meditation offer relief, sometimes they fall short. This is the cue to seek professional help, treating mental health with the same seriousness as dental or dermatological concerns, free from judgment. Mental health battles are not meant to be faced alone; they require the right support.
Enter SUKOON, India’s premier mental health hospital chain, providing residential and outpatient services in psychiatry, psychology, and de-addiction.
Vidit Bahri talking about the vision behind Sukoon Health
GurgaonMoms delved into Sukoon’s world through an Art Therapy Session, meeting co-founder Vidit Bahri. Vidit challenges the prevailing notion of mental health institutions in our country. Sukoon endeavors to be a beacon of hope, viewing every patient through a lens of optimism.
Mental health, often stigmatised in India, is not a disability but a roadblock to overcome. When emotions disrupt aspects of life like relationships, work, and friendships, specialised services like Sukoon become crucial.
Ramya RS and Aradhya Awasthi psychologists at Sukoon Health explaining the role of therapy in mental wellness
Participants engaging in trust building activity
During the ‘Art Therapy Session’, we immersed ourselves in some fun, interesting, and thought-provoking activities. Starting with a laughter-filled activity, we translated our emotions into liberating movements. Trust-building exercises followed, from pendulum-like movements to swaying vulnerability in groups of twos and threes. It was not easy to trust immediately, but when we got to know our partners, it became easy to build that trust.
GurgaonMoms members during the art therapy session at Sukoon health
We then transitioned to an ‘expressive art therapy,’ in which we envisioned a lockable vessel holding someone precious. It did bring out emotions and clear our thoughts. We imagined placing it in a safe space; we felt the emotions again, and then we added a cherished gift to the vessel.
We translated these emotions onto chart paper in silent reflection. Passing the sheets around, we named and adorned them with warm messages. Upon receiving our sheets back, we discovered not only drawings but a collective narrative of vulnerability, trust, and emotional expression—a testament to the power of art and therapy in fostering connection and inspiration.We were all encapsulated in this warm, uplifting, and emotional journey.
Members participating in an interesting & fun introduction activity
Self reflecting activity by Ramya RS , Counseling Psychologist at Sukoon Health
Expressive art therapy is not limited to artists; it fosters self-awareness through various modalities. It serves as a tool for gaining clarity and unlocking one’s full potential. It’s not merely crisis management but a journey towards acquiring enhanced skills for emotional regulation.
Sukoon Health Centre in Gurgaon
‘Sukoon’ facility adheres to American Psychiatry Association standards, ensuring the utmost safety for acute cases.Beyond medication, Sukoon boasts a world-class team of clinical psychologists and a psychiatrist-social worker duo, aiding patients in re-integrating with their families and society. Sukoon has been recognised by the Economic Times for Excellence in Clinical Services—Psychiatry.
Pictures Credit:Aashivaa Siingh