From 4-6 February 2020, the first Recovery Research Network – India meeting was held in Pune, India. This brought together 50 people from diverse backgrounds across India. The focus during both days was on developing a theory of change for transforming the mental health and care system in India towards an orientation around recovery and rights.
Participants came from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwhati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Uttarakhand and Visakhapatnam in India, along with five participants from the University of Nottingham. Many participants were people with lived experience, i.e. personal experience of mental health conditions or experience as a caregiver e.g. relative. The backgrounds of participants were varied, including workers from funding organisations, mental health Non-Governmental Organisations, clinicians (e.g. psychiatrists, psychologists), journalists, academics and researchers, human-centred design experts and human rights activists (e.g. gender, queer politics).