Well Being Awareness Initiatives
Prafulta Psychological Services takes initiatives in the area of enhancing well being in the society. This service of Prafulta endeavours to reach out to large audiences by spreading awareness about emotional well being.
Our effort is also to plant seeds and help the already existing kernels within people to sprout.
—Seeds and kernels of the desire to feel at peace, be happy, reach their potential—
Some of the programmes we have conducted for emotional well being are:
Emotional Development & Career Guidance Process
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham 2017
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham 2016
Mumbai Mirror KKKG 2017 article
Web link to the Mumbai Mirror 2016 article
On the occasion of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Don Bosco, Prafulta Psychological Services organized ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ a programme in January 2015 to boost the mental health of children in Mumbai. Over 1500 youngsters benefitted from this programme that was held at three different locations across the city.The first phase consisted of reaching out to children of over ninety schools and helping them to understand the importance of mental health. The process started with counsellors meeting Principals of around thirty schools in each of three different locations.
The first in the series of Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham events was held at Don Bosco International School, Matunga on 10 January 2015. Over 600 students, including a large number from municipal schools, participated in the planned activities. Violence in society has increased chiefly because of our inability to deal appropriately with feelings. Children were taught to get in touch with their feelings and express them in appropriate ways. While the children participated in this process, their parents attended a separate session on ‘Effective Parenting.The second event was held at Dominic Savio High School, Andheri on 11 January and the third at Don Bosco High School, Borivali on 17 January. In each of these venues over 500 children and their parents participated in the workshops.
More than forty volunteer counsellors trained at Prafulta and elsewhere came together to conduct these sessions. Global Foundation sponsored this event. Many of the participants said that this was the first time that they became aware of the importance of feelings and learning ways to deal with them. We plan to have follow-up programmes with the same students and also propose to organise many more such events in various other schools.
Prafulta Psychological Services organised Mental Health Outreach Program for schools in Andheri. 20 workshops were conducted at six schools for students of Class VIII and IX and their parents. We reached out to approximately 2000 students and their parents with this outreach venture.
Topics relevant to mental health at adolescence were taken up at workshops like ‘Peer Pressure’, ‘Handling Difficult Emotions’, ‘Handling Social Networking’. The idea was to help students with like coping skills so that they do not face emotional issues later. Also such workshops help youngsters realise that they may be facing a difficulty and they can reach out for help.
Parents attended sessions on ‘Raising Emotionally Healthy Children’.
All sessions were conducted by trained counsellors and at no cost to schools.