In this age of competition, it is important to create awareness on mental health and wellbeing of adolescents. The students find it difficult to match the expectations of their parents and teachers while their own aspirations and dreams get a back seat, thereby increasing the probability of a child getting into depression or even suicidal tendencies. Deepalaya recently collaborated with “It’s Ok to Talk” (a mental health public engagement initiative of Sangath that runs in partnership with the Harvard Medical School and globally-renowned mental health experts) to conduct an interesting puppet show on “mental health awareness” at Deepalaya SQEP Project, i.e. SDMC Primary School, Near Okhla Water Sewage Treatment Plant.
As it was conducted on Teacher’s Day (5th September), the facilitators gave an interesting twist to the storyline. The 40-minute-long show focused on various reasons of depression amongst adolescents, potential emotional and behavioral problems they may face, and the role that a teacher can play in dealing with mental health issues affecting them. Around 55 students studying in the 4th and 5th standard of the school attended the show. They were delighted and amazed to see the human-like puppets talking to them and telling a story to which they could relate easily.
Considering the fact that calcium deficiency is a growing problem among middle-aged women, a nutrition camp was conducted on 25th October 2018 at Project STEADY with an aim to educate the mothers about calcium-rich diet. The camp was held at Government Primary School, Salempur Gujjar and was attended by 40 mothers. They were informed about ingredients readily available at home. Our consultants prepared nutritious Upma and Makhane ki Khir.