During August 2018, I had the opportunity to give a talk about my work at Utkal University in India. There, I was faced with an audience coming from a society where mental health is not even considered as a subject most of the time. How was I going to talk to them about mental health related work and keep their interest?
The answer was I didn1t. I didn1t talk to them about my work, but I told them a story using simple words and comic like illustrations. The audience was really captivated because they could relate to the person in front of them telling them a story and through trying to teach them a lesson.
My talk was successful, and I received positive feedback because every single person in that room had at some point of their lives gone through the same things, they just didn't know how to express it. I even had people open up to me afterwards and tel I me their experiences. This really showcased to me the importance of considering your audience before delivering any content as well as how far visual communication and simple language can go when talking about hard topics such as mental health.