Mental Health

World Mental Health Day Promoting Inclusivity and Diversity at Victorious Kids Educare, Pune – Maharashtra

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Ensuring the mental health and well-being of school children is paramount in fostering holistic development. A sound mental state not only enhances cognitive abilities but also contributes to emotional resilience, effective social interactions, and overall academic success. Nurturing positive mental health in students creates a conducive learning environment, equipping them with the coping skills needed to navigate life’s challenges. By prioritizing mental health in schools, we not only promote individual growth but also lay the foundation for a healthier, more resilient future generation.
On October 10, 2023, in commemoration of World Mental Health Day, sessions on “Inclusivity and Diversity as the Foundation for Mental and Emotional Well-being” were conducted at Victorious Kidss Educare, catering to students of various age groups and their teachers. Ms. Revathi Suresh and Ms.Bhavani Harikrishnan were the Resource persons from Ripples of Change Foundation and Heartfulness.
In Group 1 (Class VI-VIII), consisting of 150 students and teachers, the program began with team-building exercises, emphasizing collaboration and teamwork. Discussions on diversity and inclusivity were followed by exploring the benefits of embracing these principles. Interactive activities encouraged empathy and celebrated differences among the students.
In Group 2 (Class IX-X), comprising 100 students and teachers, the concept of “Ubuntu” was introduced to highlight interconnectedness. In-depth discussions on diversity, inclusivity, and the importance of recognizing and respecting individual identities, including gender, skills, and culture, were conducted.
Group 3 (Class XI-XII), with 80 students, delved into diversity and inclusivity through the story of the Piraha tribe. The impact of stereotypes and bias on mental well-being was discussed, with an emphasis on empathy and effective communication to celebrate differences.
During management discussions, the implementation of the S Connect curriculum for classes 6-10 and the Inspire program for counselors, focusing on teacher training, were explored. The possibility of visiting retreat centers, both in India and abroad, was considered. The importance of self-care for teachers, climate-resilient schools, accrediting agency HELM, and the Annual Essay competition was stressed. Additionally, workshops for counselors to teach coping strategies to students were suggested.
The visit to Victorious Kidss Educare was a valuable experience, with anticipation that these inclusivity and diversity sessions will contribute to the mental and emotional well-being of the students. Ongoing collaboration with the school is eagerly awaited, with confidence in the positive impact these initiatives can have on the school community.

Sharat Hegde

Nagesh Karuturi

Founder Director

A management professional with 24 years of experience in international leadership positions in India, Africa, South Asia, Europe, and the United Kingdom, graduated from India’s Symbiosis Institute of Business Management with an MBA in marketing. He has led teams of up to 6500 personnel and has executed top-notch processes for sales, operations, human resources, quality assurance, and auditing. He has led and carried out programs for vulnerable communities in India and Africa, focusing on education, economic empowerment, life skills, the environment, sanitation, healthcare, and nutrition. In 2011, the Lions Club International Foundation awarded him the Melvin Jones Fellowship for his humanitarian work, and in 2014, the Lions Club International President’s Certificate of Appreciation was given for his outstanding accomplishments in carrying out the organization’s mission.​