Mental Heads: Slamming out stigma in India
By Tom Higgins
On September 25 2016, patrons gathered at Eddie’s Bistro in Mumbai to watch a collective of spoken word poets perform their first ever poetry slam.
The arts are often associated with entertainment. But one troupe are using the arts as a vehicle to deliver a message. Mental Heads are a group of spoken word poets who suffer from various mental health issues and disabilities. Their goal: to ‘slam’ out the stigma related to these social issues.
I travelled to Mumbai to meet with these performers to discuss the motivation behind their work.