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Teens with Chronic Conditions

Teens with Chronic Conditions

A weekly group for 12-17 years old with disability or chronic medical condition to to open up about their view of 'self' and find support through each other.

Starts 4th March, 2023

4 sessions | Conducted every Saturday 3 PM

Small group, 6-8 people

75-minute online video conversations

Led by Gauri Gupta

Program Fee - INR 2500 for India-based participants | INR 3500 for participants outside India

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Goals of the group

The goal of the group is to help establish an affirmative relationship between an individual with their condition/disability at the age of adolescence. By providing a safe space, participants will be encouraged to open up about their relationship with condition/disability and their view of 'self'. Using various tools like storytelling and art, participants will be engaged in conversations around mental health, body image, navigating through internalized ableism.

Who is the group for?

People between 12-17 years of age living with disabilities or any chronic illness.

Glimpse of the regime

Session 1: Understanding Self

● What is Disability, chronic illness, introduction to inspiration porn, ableism, identifying internalized ableism
● Notions of 'normal' and 'fitting in', body image
● Identifying Ableism in everyday life

Session 2: Art Therapy

● Identifying one's relationship with their disability and/or chronic illness through art.
● Participants will be asked to draw their disabled identity in a way they perceive it and narrate their experiences of the same.

Session 3: Storytelling

● Fitting in and feelings of exclusion.
● Remembering childhood narrative and conditioning
● Looking at one's inner child relationship with disability and/or chronic illness

Session 4: Check-in With Self

● Group check-in
● Formulating a more inclusive, disability and/or chronic illness-affirmative meaning of 'self'

  • I was able to let out my thoughts that were bothering me and definitely understand myself better.

    Mudit

    Has congenital heart condition

  • I didn't think I'd like it as much. The group was my safe place and I didn't feel judged for being ME

    Laxmi

    Lives with cerebral palsy

  • My group was rad. I looked forward to the sessions and felt an impact on my thinking.

    Arjun

    Has CKD Stage 3

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Meet your Facilitator

Gauri Gupta

Gauri Gupta is a Post Graduate Law Student at University of Delhi and Digital Creator on Instagram.

She lives with Spina Bifida and is a wheelchair user. She also works as a Writer, Editor & Community Facilitator for Disability Awareness and Allyship at various intersections such as Mental health, Education , Disability Affirmative Pleasure, Employment, Gender, etc.

She has worked with multiple Corporates such as Marching Sheeps HR, SourceAbled etc., NPOs, NGOs Like Pratisandhi and Educational Institutions including Azim Premji University, Christ University, Delhi School of Social Work, etc as a facilitator.

She has also been a para-athlete at National Level and is currently a Law Student at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. As a facilitator, she has worked with 3000+ individuals over the last 2 years.

FAQs

What are SoulUp Groups?

At SoulUp, you'll meet people who get what you're going through and might be living some of the same realities. People looking for extraordinary conversations, just like you.

✔️ Small group, 6-8 people

✔️ Every meeting led by a world-class facilitator

✔️ Weekly 75-minute online video sessions

What happens in a group session?

While the format can vary as per topic, here’s a flow that most sessions follow

Check In. Participants check-in with each others' feelings and answer the prompt given by the facilitator if any.

Conversation. Your facilitator will guide the group in a free-flowing conversation—with the goal of sharing openly, talking honestly, and deep emotional connection.

Check Out. Participants share what they're taking away from the session.

What am I going to get out of this?

Participants say that they feel heard, understood, more in control, and a feeling that you’ve got people rooting for you. By talking about your emotions and what's going on in your life, you'll realise that you're not alone and get ideas for how to improve your situation.

How long has SoulUp been around?

SoulUp was founded in Feb 2022 by Punita Mittal and Mahak Maheshwari - a team of IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay with more than 20 years of combined healthcare experience. SoulUp is redefining mental health through groups that are effective, but also fun, social, and challenging.

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