Stand up for students' right to access mental health care in schools | Milaap

Stand up for students' right to access mental health care in schools

Growing up is hard. Growing up without access to resources necessary for a safe, healthy and  productive life is harder.

When 11 year old Karthik's teacher noticed that the usually energetic and engaged child was consistently tired and sleepy in the mornings, she was concerned. His peers were complaining of frequent aggression and conflicts because of his bad mood. Upon talking to the child, we found out that his father's alcoholism was posing significant challenges to Karthik's peace at home. His overworked, underpaid, stressed father used to come home drunk and wake up the children from their sleep and ask them to recount what they learned. He was doing this out of love but did not understand how it was affecting his children's academic engagement at school the next day, in a sad paradox. Sessions with the child and family helped come up with a plan of action to keep disruption due to alcoholism at a minimum and his father eventually went off alcohol.

This is the potential of engaging vulnerable stakeholders in dialogues around mental health and academic engagement. It is possible to mobilise an entire community of teachers, parents, school leaders and students to provide for the emotional and social safety of students to lay a solid foundation to academic success.

The Problem
20% of all children & adolescents have diagnosable psychological disorders, which affects school attendance, academic engagement and achievement.
Children and adolescents with mental health problems are:
A. Twice as likely to report feeling ‘very stressed’
B. Three times more likely to have poor or fair physical health
C. Three times more likely to perform below grade level at school
D. Three times more likely to use alcohol and other drugs
E. Six times more likely to think about killing themselves
(Susheelkumar V R, Ramesh B B, Chetan S P, Shrinivas K, Santosh S U, et al., 2017. DOI: 10.31031/RMES.2017.02.000548)

THE GOOD NEWS, however, is that social and emotional skills education focussing on prevention and promotion of mental health have been shown to have positive effects on students’ personal, academic and social well-being and career success. Social and emotional learning integrated into school life has leads to significant decrease in disruptive behaviour, increases attention, promotes healthy peer relationships and strengthens respectful, compassionate problem solving.

What we do
Thrive Foundation creates learning spaces which prioritise the psychological well-being and development of students as a necessary condition for learning. Our work recognises the interdependence between robust mental health and academic achievement and positive life outcomes. At Thrive, we understand that learning is an intrinsically emotional endeavour and are working to address the gap in availability of preventive and positive mental health services in high risk, low resourced schools.

Our early success
Thrive’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programme in the first year has led to observable and statistically proven improvements in our students in Grades VI to IX. Nearly 85% of students now practice non-violent communication, take initiatives in classroom and school, show improved emotional vocabulary, express their thoughts, feelings and opinions freely and show more compassion and empathy to others, than they did at the beginning of the year.

Your financial support will help 300 students and their teachers and parents achieve the following with expert help:
  • Improve students’ psychological resilience, social well-being and academic engagement
  • Decrease their risk for developing psychological disorders later in life
  • Help teachers and parents get training in eradicating corporal punishment and practice positive teaching and parenting 
  • Build school communities that prioritise the mental health of every child and adult.
 

And what’s more, school-based SEL education, counselling, and family consultations are far cheaper than accessing psychotherapeutic sessions for these economically marginalised families and provides a more holistic educational experience by building resilient school communities.

Do pledge your support to Thrive’s work in our low-income communities and be a part of this movement of Positive Education. Do donate generously and together, we can BE the village that takes care of every single child.

Warmly,
Jyothi Ravichandran
Founder-Director, Thrive Foundation
Acumen India Fellow
Trust Deed of Thrive Foundation
Trust Deed of Thrive Foundation
Ask for an update
25th June 2019
Thank you for all your support!

We have now grown into a three-member team and looking forward to reaching 5 more schools in the next 6 months. Please continue to show us your support if you believe in our mission of providing preventive and positive mental health services for vulnerable children and their close adults!

We will love to have you partner with us!
Thank you for all your support!

We have now grown into a three-member team and looking forward to reaching 5 more schools in the next 6 months. Please continue to show us your support if you believe in our mission of providing preventive and positive mental health services for vulnerable children and their close adults!

We will love to have you partner with us!
17th April 2019
Dear Supporters,

We are at the end of yet another academic year! We wrapped it up with lots of reflection of what the year was like, highlights and areas to improve with the students. One feedback that we have recieved from most students is to hold two classes per week instead of only one! This was echoed by our school leader at the Government school who saw so much value in SEL that he is creating one more period in the time table for children to engage with issues of mental health. This is an important indicator of stakeholder buy-in into our work and the direct benefits it has in creating a safe, enabling and warm school culture for all to thrive in.

We are now gearing up to create curriculum for the next year. We will be beginning well-being programmes for teachers and parents through the year and your support in meeting our funding goals will mean the adults around every child is equipped to deal with their own psychological challenges and overcome them to support children's development.

Please continue to show your support. We will keep you updated on our activities! Let's create a world that privileges the child and shows sensitivity towards developing them as full human beings for the good of all!
Dear Supporters,

We are at the end of yet another academic year! We wrapped it up with lots of reflection of what the year was like, highlights and areas to improve with the students. One feedback that we have recieved from most students is to hold two classes per week instead of only one! This was echoed by our school leader at the Government school who saw so much value in SEL that he is creating one more period in the time table for children to engage with issues of mental health. This is an important indicator of stakeholder buy-in into our work and the direct benefits it has in creating a safe, enabling and warm school culture for all to thrive in.

We are now gearing up to create curriculum for the next year. We will be beginning well-being programmes for teachers and parents through the year and your support in meeting our funding goals will mean the adults around every child is equipped to deal with their own psychological challenges and overcome them to support children's development.

Please continue to show your support. We will keep you updated on our activities! Let's create a world that privileges the child and shows sensitivity towards developing them as full human beings for the good of all!
Content Disclaimer: The facts and opinions, expressed in this fundraiser page are those of the campaign organiser or users, and not Milaap.
Rs.120,680 raised

Goal: Rs.700,000

Beneficiary: Thrive Foundation info_outline
Only INR donations accepted

Supporters (39)

GS
GOKUL S donated Rs.2,500
H
Hema donated Rs.500
M
Mathangi donated Rs.10,380

You’re amazing

ZS
Zubin donated Rs.5,000
P
PRADEEPARAVINDANME donated Rs.10,000
A
Anonymous donated Rs.2,500