Empirical evidence, as cited by the Indian Journal of Medical Research in 2018, suggests that approximately 50% of the 356 million young people in India experience mental health challenges. The prevalence of bullying incidents in schools, coupled with academic pressure and a lack of empathy among peers, contributes significantly to students' distress. These concerns often culminate in negative emotional states such as stress, anxiety, loneliness, and, in severe cases, depression. The deleterious effects can extend into adulthood, impairing social and occupational functioning.
Post conducting a survey (2022-23) in more than 68 schools some other common presenting concerns among students are:
Past Work with Teach for India:
In recent times, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of mental health and its impact on adolescents well-being and overall productivity. Aatma Prakash has already conducted more than a 1000+ individual and group session with government school students from across the country under our flagship program- MindShala. Some of our achievements post conducting MindShala with Teach for India students are:
To positively intervene and directly work with 2500+ students from government schools, a year-long intervention (2023-24) has been designed by Aatma Prakash Foundation and Teach For India. Under the program MindShala, we aim to make mental health accessible and timely among adolescents in India. This year in particular we are extending our year long intervention with 2500+ adolescents, 40 schools across 8 cities in India.
To strengthen the capacity of this program Teach for India has already support Aatma Prakash with INR. 3,50,000/-. A team of more than 25+ counsellors from across eight cities are working towards building emotionally safe and empathetic spaces for young people. We are mentioning below our financial action plan:
Do you wish to support this cause? Here is how you may come in:
Hereby, we invite you and your circle to join us to support a donation drive to raise the needed funds to support the 40 classrooms to receive the intervention for the year 2023-24.
Who are we:
Aatma Prakash is a not-for-profit organisation (Est. 2016) registered under Section-8 of the Companies Act, 2013. We are 80G and 12AA approved and work specifically in the area of mental health and the wellbeing of adolescents. The organisation has worked with communities from across 8 states and has trained more than 250+ young and aspiring psychologists from across the globe.