Hyderabad students help teens with mental health issues

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Posted: Date Posted – 11:39 PM, Sun – 24 Apr 22

Student entrepreneurs are leading the way in creating a mental health community for students.

Hyderabad: Confined to their homes and decreasing levels of interactions have had an impact on the mental well-being of most students, especially teenagers. This was also the case for Anshu Reddy Gondi and Shivani Tripurani, two teenagers from Hyderabad. However, they turned their problem into a business idea and that’s how Serapy was born.

With the goal of solving the mental health issues of their peers and giving wings to their entrepreneurial dreams, the two girls started Serapy — Students Therapy. The platform offers different programs and modules for adolescents to become aware of mental and emotional health and also to seek professional help when needed.

Shivani Tripurani and Anshu Reddy Gondi

“During the pandemic, we realized the importance of mental health. Not only are we educating students – in private and public schools – about mental well-being, but we are also providing a safe and secure platform to share their feelings,” say 11th grade students Anshu Reddy Gondi and Shivani Tripurani. Chirec school.

The platform has three programs, namely the Buddy program, the Mentor program and the Anonymous program.

In the Buddy program, the platform connects two strangers of the same age and with similar interests to give them a chance to become friends and gain emotional support by confiding in each other. In the mentorship program, a trained volunteer will be paired with a student to offer support and guidance while staying in touch throughout a set number of sessions.

The anonymous program, according to Anshu and Shivani, is a more advanced program in which students wish to keep their identities anonymous while seeking emotional support.

Sessions are conducted via Zoom and we split into breakout rooms for more privacy and we also encourage them to call a volunteer if they think they need help. “Through social media posts, Zoom calls, and public school sessions, we make sure to constantly raise awareness about mindfulness, physical activities, concentration techniques, and more,” the students say.

The non-profit organization has no investors, but it secured a position among the five winning startups of Clever Harvey’s winter incubation program and received a seed grant of Rs 25,000.


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