Inner Life of Development Work

A research study to understand the mental health issues facing the young development sector practitioners.

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First, at this point of time, the world finds itself in times of multifold crises - ecological, social and spiritual - and the young generation while seen as a source of hope finds itself sucked into chaos of rising depression, unhappiness, suicides and techno-distractions.

Second, India saw a massive rise in number of social sector fellowships in the last decade – making service to society as a lucrative career option for youth. Hundreds of such fellowships have brought thousands of young talent into the sector.

Third, both of the above are microcosm of the fact that one in five Indians may suffer from depression in their lifetime, equivalent to 240 million people, most of them in the working age group – according to a 2015 study by World Health Organisation.

For the social sector in India, to sustain committed people to work on complex issues over a long term it is important for it to invest in their emotional-inner well-being. And live the ideal of service to society bringing more happiness on those serving and those served

Since there is no research data on understanding the mental health crisis in the social sector. Youth Alliance in partnership with Dalberg Advisors, The Slow School and Kavyta is undertaking the research study.

The research project undertaken by Youth Alliance in partnership with Dalberg Advisors, The Slow School and, Kavyata.

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