Chetana Foundation, Vashi Police Station organises session on World Mental Health Day

It was a historical event on 7th October, where 'Collaboration for impact' was the super star.

FPJ BureauUpdated: Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 02:06 AM IST
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Chetana Foundation in collaboration with Vashi Police station conducted a session on Mental Health and Substance abuse prevention for over 1300 students simultaneously, at Sainath Junior College Vashi.

The Principal, Madam Beena Pereira took a leap of faith and consented to the use of a novel approach in the designing of this program by team Chetana Foundation.

A prior training of trainers was organized for counselors from Rotary Club of Navi Mumbai Garima, Rotary Club of Dombivali North, Anvay Deaddiction Centre and Stree Mukti Sanghathan, says Uma Vaidyanathan madam, Director Chetana Foundation.

All the trainers were equipped with visual arts and drama techniques for the first time in sensitising the students, instead of the regular lecture method.

This was organized as part of World Mental Health Day observance (10th October is World Mental Health Day)

Chetana Foundation is an NGO working for Mental Health since 2003. Year on year, it has been delivering innovative programs wherein many participants benefit from various arts based methods.

Early last year, the Foundation conducted an online Stress management session for 3000+ students of St Mary's School, Navi Mumbai simultaneously. The Foundation uses creative strategies to transform college and school students.

They also strengthen the mental health component of other NGOs and train Master Trainers on need based programs.

Kudos to Principal Beena Maam and entire staff of Sainath Junior College for creating this opportunity and trusting this innovative approach. Special thanks to Dr Ajit Magdum from Anvay, Vrushali Magdum Madam from Stree Mukti Sanghathan, Nupur Chakravorty Madam, Nandita Das madam and members of Rotary Club of Navi Mumbai Garima, Amit Shrivastav from Rotary Club of Dombivali North, Sita Mittal and Urmi Soni Madam from Chetana Foundation for creating history! 

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Chetana Foundation, an NGO headquartered in Navi Mumbai, curated a unique workshop in collaboration with Vashi Police Station. Sainath junior college at Vashi consented to introduce the novel arts based approach on the topic mental health and Substance abuse prevention.

Over 1300 students in the age group of 16 - 17 years, were sensitised on the adverse impact of deaddiction. This approach of art based therapy was used for better impact, instead of the conventional lecture  approach.   As a leadup  to the event , consultative discussions with  the college Principal, teachers and students helped in shaping the content.  

A set of 18 trainers went through a detailed train the trainer sessions,  for consistent and effective delivery.

Vashi police station officers shared their insights and directions and  participated as facilitators with Sr. PI including those from narcotics and ATS visiting each of the designated classes and speaking to the assembled students followed by a free flow question and answer round. 

Results are humungous and very satisfying with students and teachers. Having reinforced the objective of good mental health, Chetana foundation now has plans to roll this out further with more institutions using  arts based approach for better impact. 

Kudos to Principal Beena Maam and entire staff of Sainath Junior College for creating this opportunity and trusting this innovative approach. Special thanks to Dr Ajit Magdum from Anvay, Vrushali Magdum Madam from Stree Mukti Sanghathan, Nupur Chakravorty Madam, Nandita Das madam and members of Rotary Club of Navi Mumbai Garima, Amit Shrivastav from Rotary Club of Dombivali North, Sita Mittal and Urmi Soni Madam from Chetana Foundation for creating history! 

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