Let’s Do the MenstruTalk!
‘Anyone and everyone can use the TiO platform to open up or destress. If a reader after reading this article wants to suggest a topic to be covered under TiO they are welcome to write to us.’ – Sujata Parashar
Recently, “TiO – Talk it Out” organised its first workshop for girls and women on the oft neglected topic of menstrual health management and related psychosocial issues as a mark of appreciation and celebration of the World Menstrual Hygiene Day observed around the world every year around this time of the year.
The workshop was organised in CSOI, K.G Marg in Central Delhi. A total of 20 girls and women participated in this unique workshop. The first session focussed on the medical aspect of menstrual cycle and reasons why it is a vital function of the female body. It was imparted by a Haematologist, Dr. Nita Radhakrishnan. She also gave out simple menstrual care tips for healthy periods and enlightened the participants about symptoms of bleeding disorders in women and how to take care in case they show the symptoms.
The seed idea for ‘Talk it Out – TiO was conceived through this single thought – providing people a space to express their feelings and emotions without inhibition. This platform is also meant for youth who have difficulty in talking about their emotional challenges through a psychosocial approach to health called “Talking therapy.” The TiO model is workshop based and involves a psychologist, a communication expert and a subject expert – invited as guest speaker.
The second half of the workshop was dedicated to psychosocial issues of women related to periods. The sessions were imparted by Richa Mohan, a clinical psychologist and Sujata. Topics like, Menstruation as social stigma and how it impacts a woman’s confidence, How to build and change one’s self – esteem, Relationship between communication and self – image, Removing myths related to periods and Care necessary during menopause were discussed and debated. It was an interactive programme with interesting activities involving the participants aged 16 to 45.
This is just the beginning. We will soon be coming out with different modules for different target groups which will focus on relevant and oft neglected or ignored areas of human behaviour and relationship, says Sujata.
The TiO team has already started identifying and working on a few topics they want to take up in the next few workshops under TiO like ‘Handling Adolescent Blues;’ ‘The Working Women and emotion management;’ ‘Mind – set and new choices;’ ‘Dealing with Modern day Relationship challenges and Breakups,’ et al.
Sujata Parashar, the founder says, she likes to express her thoughts, ideas and understanding of the world through her stories and poetry. She is also a social worker and has worked in the social development sector for over a decade now. The projects she took up involved her to interact with adolescents, youth and women from different backgrounds. She says, she found a common thread running through these different groups she met and worked with. They all had much to talk about but either lacked the courage or did not get the right platform to express their concerns and feelings.
Sujata Parashar is a novelist, poet, short story writer and social worker. She has written seven books so far. Her debut novel, In Pursuit of Infidelity (2009) was a bestseller. She also has a poetry book series to her credit, titled, Poetry Out and Loud. Her latest book is a collection of short – stories, titled, That Woman You See (2015). She has won awards for her first poetry book and her first short – story. She was conferred the Karamveer Chakra Award 2016- instituted by iCongo in association with the UN for her exemplary work in the social sector.