Website: www.mannmela.in | One of the COVID-19’s most powerful effects has been its ability to hold up a mirror to our society, both, at a global level, but also a deeply personal one, showing us things in ourselves that we have long avoided or prefer not to see. While this pandemic will pass, we cannot expect life to simply return to the way it was before. It is more important than ever before for us to imagine futures in which the scars may remain, but we are changed by this experience to be more resilient and look to the future with hope. Welcome to "Stories From a Pandemic", a podcast by Sangath’s ‘It’s Ok To Talk’ project. Sangath is a leading mental health research and advocacy organization in India. Through each episode, we talk with young people across India about their experiences in the pandemic, and how despite the unprecedented circumstances they faced, they found ways to look ahead with hope. In each episode, we consider from a personal, research, and policy perspective, how the COVID-19 pandemic offers us a historic opportunity to examine a range of challenges related to how young people live, learn and work, and transform our approach to addressing their mental health concerns for the long-term.