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

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    Thrive Foundation

    from Chennai

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.

Jyothi Ravichandran
Founder-Director, Thrive Foundation
Acumen India Fellow

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