CarStone and SNEHA Host Webinar to Address Mental Health Issues in Young Girls

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The webinar aimed to encourage young people to seek help while dealing with mental health issues.

He focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need to provide mental health assistance to young people

The need to tackle youth mental health issues during the pandemic was the focus of a webinar hosted by CorStone in collaboration with SNEHA.

CorStone develops programs for the well-being of young people, focusing on adolescent girls as essential agents of change in their communities, while SNEHA is a non-profit organization that works with women, children and women. public health and safety systems.

Addressing the virtual session titled “Post-Pandemic Roadmap for Resilience – Strengthening Mental Health Care for Youth” on December 15, Gracy Andrew, Clinical Psychologist and Vice President of CarStone, said: “The pandemic has emotionally affected everyone in all walks of life and it gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about mental health from a well-being perspective. If the promotion of mental well-being can be highlighted instead of focusing only on the provision of counseling-based services, we will be able to approach mental health in a more sustained way.

So far, CorStone has provided resilience training to over 2,000,000 young people and over 5,000 teachers in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. In a particularly ambitious endeavor, CorStone has partnered with the Bihar Education Project Council to expand its Youth First resilience training program to all colleges and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) across Bihar.

“We believe it is imperative – made even more visible by the pandemic – to provide these important skills to young people through school systems. Collaborations with government are essential if we are to deliver programs that build resilience in a sustainable way, giving young people, especially girls, the skills they need to overcome the many challenges they face in a positive way ” , said Andrew.

A UNICEF study mentions that young girls have been particularly affected by the pandemic. He reports that 43% of young women feel pessimistic about the future, compared to 31% of their male counterparts.

Guest speaker Ravina Matal, a community organizer at SNEHA, said: “With the pandemic, we have seen a sharp increase in feelings of loneliness among young people, especially young girls. Their social circle disintegrated with the closure of spaces such as schools and colleges. SNEHA therefore engages in home screening and assesses the need for a counseling session while understanding the environmental determinants affecting the mental health of young people. We are extending promotional support to young people to go beyond the problems encountered. “

Neeta Karandikar, Associate Program Director for the SNEHA Adolescent Health and Sexuality Program (EHSAS), said: “Gender-based violence and restrictions on mobility have seen an increase in referrals to young girls during the pandemic. Interventions such as smartphone libraries and structured mental health screening introduced by SNEHA have been well received by the community. Girls are now using smartphones to participate in group studies under COVID-19 protocols defined by SNEHA. “

SNEHA has developed video resilience modules that are promoted by young volunteers in the community through WhatsApp, Karandikar said. There is a need to adopt a more hybrid model where offline and online techniques are combined with educating parents to understand their children’s emotional needs, she added.

Last updated on December 16, 2021

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