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OncoHappy’s creative form of counselling for cancer patients


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Mumbai: In order to help the paediatric cancer patients to overcome depression, 15 private and civic-run hospitals have opted for an alternative form of treatment. The official said they have tied up with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), OncoHappy that through seven forms of art would help to counsel the paediatric cancer patients for seven days.

This art form consists of dance, painting, poetry, and others. Founder of OncoHappy, Mansi Mehta, said most of the time children who are diagnosed with cancer fall into depression due to which they lose hope of doing anything interesting except getting treated. “Paediatric cancer patients often stop thinking or come up with any creativity as they are depressed looking at other patients. Due to which they need a creative form of counselling which will help them to overcome depression,” added Mehta.

She further said September month is said to be paediatric awareness cancer month so they have come up with a creative form of counselling in which they will be teaching them seven forms of art like dancing, painting, story-telling, handcrafting and others.  “For this initiative, we have tied up with several hospitals where as many as 100 trained professionals will provide alternative forms of therapy to the paediatric cancer patients in hospitals like Tata Memorial Hospital, Hinduja, Sion, KEM and others,” Mehta added.

One of the patients who was the drop out of school after being diagnosed with blood cancer due to which he went into a depression. But as he started painting, he started to overcome the depression.  “When my treatment started, it made me so weak I felt that I couldn’t do anything anymore. But over these four months, I am slowly getting stronger. For the last couple of weeks, I have started doing art. Every Friday, I wait for the teachers so I can learn something new. When I draw, I forget that I am sick and I dream of what I can do with my life. Someday I want to be an architect or make cartoons,” said Shiraj, an 11-year-old patient.