I grew up in the city of Mumbai, where I have witnessed enormous disparities in wellbeing and access to treatment and care. My concerns led me to pursue the MPhil in Social & Developmental Psychology at Cambridge (2015-16) as part of which I conducted an ethnographic inquiry into the quality of mental health care slum-dwelling women receive in Mumbai. I interviewed women across six ‘slum’ settlements and informants at hospitals and shrines. I found high levels of institutionalisation and neglect in these communities. In my view, this predicament reflects the scarcity of specialist mental health professionals in India. By pursuing a PhD, I hope to generate innovative and culturally appropriate solutions to tackle the problem of gaps in access to care. In partnership with local non-profit organisations, my PhD will assess the impact and feasibility of training non-specialists, particularly community health workers, to support the mental health needs of slum-dwelling women. I believe a non-specialist approach holds the key to strengthening mental health services in countries like India. I am deeply honored and excited to be joining the Gates Cambridge community that is so committed to making social impact at scale.