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From unlearning internalized shame to sharing lived experiences, Sonia Thomas shares how she's using Instagram to create a safe space for young Indians. Photo courtesy: Sonia Thomas

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Sonia Thomas on the Portrayal of Mental Health and Body Image in Mainstream Media

She shares how we can raise awareness to break stereotypes perpetuated by Indian media.

Mainstream media plays a crucial role in shaping people’s perception of beauty, body image and mental health. The conversations around mental health on Indian news can be discouraging for those seeking help for their well-being.

People who do not conform to the “ideal body shape” are blatantly shamed in the name of comedy. This only further perpetuates stereotypes around body image.

In a country with mammoth mental health challenges and a population that is heavily influenced by pop culture, how can one further the conversation to foster body positivity and dispel the stigma around mental health?

Sonia Thomas, a content creator and media professional, shared how she’s using Instagram to talk about mental health, hit Re:Set on body positivity and create a safe space to discuss the challenges many young people face in the latest edition of Re:Set Dialogues.

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Sonia Thomas on the Portrayal of Mental Health and Body Image in Mainstream Media