Hyderabad: Mental health, politics, casteism, women’s issues, LGBTQ+ issues and more are increasingly spoken about on social media but, a lot of the posts speaking about these issues are either bombastic or are filled with half-baked information or are unnecessarily complex. The same is the issue with political literacy as politics is usually seen as something boring and only restricted to news channels by the youth.
To address this and simplify various social concepts, Medha K, a city based psychology graduate and her friend Padmini K, started a unique platform on Instagram, called Soapbox. With a series of quick, short and informative posts, the Instagram handle strives to simplify social issues in a manner that today’s youth can easily understand.
“A lot of influencers talk about mental health and put up psychology related posts but there’s a lot of misinformation and also most of them are complicated. We wanted to make sure we post verified information and my friend Padmini and I started this Instagram handle in 2019 and since then, we have been actively posting information on various social issues,” says Medha.
She adds, “When I went to the United States to pursue a Master’s in Social Work, I was learning a lot of things as a part of the curriculum that I realised should be common knowledge. It took privilege to have access to that kind of learning but I felt everyone should have the same access.”
In addition to speaking out on social issues, the handle, _.soap.box._, features eye-catching content on what someone can do in various scenarios, like how to handle a person in grief or what one can do to be an LGBTQ+ ally and more. About this, Medha says, “We don’t want to just give out gyaan but we want to give out tangible information, something that a person would put to use in their daily lives as well and something that would enable a person to do their bit to solve social issues.”
About the information, Medha says that every post they put up is verified by subject matter experts, saying, “We don’t just Google things and randomly put it up. We talk to experts and take their inputs before making our posts.”
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