Every 90 minutes a youth commits suicide in India. Mental health is highly stigmatized in Indian society and has therefore become a burning issue affecting adolescents predominantly. Mental health problems amongst children can lead to catastrophic consequences such as suicide, depression,substance abuse,failure to complete schooling and health problems. AWAG aims to provide free expert counselling to 750 vulnerable children of 5 Government schools of Ahmedabad in 1 year.
Adolescents studying in municipal schools usually belong to a low socio-economic background. They often lack attention and guidance from parents, which causes severe mental trauma to the child. From our experience of working with adolescents of municipal schools before, we noticed students often struggle coping with depression,anxiety and self-harm leading to less concentration in studies. Financial constraints and lack of awareness on mental health limit them to seek help from counsellors.
This project will introduce counselling sessions to 5 Government schools of Ahmedabad. 1 counsellor and 1 social worker will screen for students who need counselling and provide individual or group therapy depending on the individual's need. Counselling will address the child's emotional needs and equip them with skills to overcome their trauma and become a strong, independent person. At the end of the project, 25 teachers will be trained to develop sensitivity towards vulnerable children.
750 underprivileged children will be better informed about mental health. 750 children will be equipped with skills to manage emotional trauma. Improvement in social, psychological and emotional stability of 750 children. Guidance and extra support will reflect on better academic attendance and grades. This project will provide emotional resilience and assist children to have a brighter future.