How We Decriminalized Suicide in India to Impact More Than One Million Lives As per NCRB data, at least 15 suicides take place every hour in India, which means over 1.30 lakh people ending their lives in a year. Number of suicide attempts are ten times higher than the total suicide deaths, which means about 14 lacs people attempt suicide in India every year. Under IPC Section 309, attempt to suicide was a criminal offense in India and the punishment included imprisonment upto one year or fine, or both. Mental Health Foundation (India) filed Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi seeking to implement the 210th Report of the Law Commission of India and repeal Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code.
As per NCRB data, at least 15 suicides take place every hour in India, which means over 1.30 lakh people ending their lives in a year. Number of suicide attempts are ten times higher than the total suicide deaths, which means about 14 lacs people attempt suicide in India every year. Under IPC Section 309, attempt to suicide was a criminal offense in India and the punishment included imprisonment upto one year or fine, or both. Mental Health Foundation (India) filed Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi seeking to implement the 210th Report of the Law Commission of India and repeal Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code.
About Him: Pranesh Krishna is one of the most dedicated volunteer of MHF India. He led our Community Project at Kirti Nagar for two years, first as a Project Coordinator and later as Clinical Co-Incharge. He was also in the organizing team of our Summer Internship 2016 and Conclave on Mental Health Awareness. His immense hard work, humble approach and zeal to work for mental health has always been an inspiration for all of us at MHF India. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Clinical Psychology at TISS Mumbai.
About Her: Kanika Khandelwal is a very sincere and extremely hard working volunteer of MHF India. She also led our Community Project at Kirti Nagar for two years as Project Coordinator and later as Clinical Co-Incharge. She was also the Organizing Team Member of our Summer Internship 2017. Her contribution in all our program through her persistent efforts and determination has always been exceptional. She continues to work in our Community Project at Kirti Nagar till date since she joined us in 2015.
About Him: Abhinav Singh joined MHF India through our 1st Summer Internship held in June-July 2015. He later undertook a research project as a Research Coordinator, “To Study the Prevalence of Psychiatric Illness Particularly Depression Among Outstation College Students of Universities of Delhi." He is best known here for his great organizing skills, high focus towards his work and commitment to produce qualitative results. He was also part of the Organizing Team in our Conclave on Mental Health Awareness.
About Her: Simran Diwan is undoubtedly the most devoted volunteer at MHF India. She also joined MHF India in 2015 through our 1st Summer Internship. Since them she has been a vital part of all our programs. Her will and enthusiasm to work for people suffering from mental health issues is really appreciable. She was also the Organizing Team Member of our Community Project and Conclaves on Mental Health Awareness held at AIIMS.
MHF India is more than just an organisation. It’s a medium, a platform which enables you to understand the mind and it's functioning. It makes you aware of the dearth of mental health professionals in our country. It allows you to bridge the gap between theory and practicality. For me personally, MHF India and its team of expert members made me realize my dream and aspiration. It gave me answers to the question 'Why Psychology?' It made me more aware, more sensitive and a responsible, concerned citizen. And more than anything it equipped me enough to bring about a difference.
About Her: Niharika Kapoor's association with us has been of more than two years now. During this time span, her contribution in all our programs has been significant. She is a person of action and a silent hard worker. She conducted more than a hundred registrations for our conclaves organized to celebrate World Mental Health Day. The amount of energy she puts in every single task is truly admirable.
It has been a wonderful experience working with such a great group of people. MHF India is like a family for all of us. This deep attachment, I didn't find in my school or in my college, but I felt it in MHF India in my fisrt 45 days internship only. It has been a great learning experience and a really fruitful opportunity to grow up personally and professionally.
We all need mental health care. Mental Heath Foundation is a not for profit organisation which provides a holistic approach for mental health by creating awareness about mental health in order to reduce the stigma surrounding it and provide promotive, preventive and positive mental healthcare. They aim to address mental health concerns such as anxiety, substance abuse, gender-based violence, which are often neglected but are very prevalent in the given age and lifestyle. It is a great platform for students not only for gathering knowledge about the current scenarios in the society but also to contribute to the society for building healthy minds and healthy nations. The time that you devote here is worth it.
It has been a great pleasure to work with MHF India. The organization is highly dedicated towards improving the mental health of society and making people aware of related issues. The one thing which is very unique about MHF India is the involvement of the volunteers in decision making. The exposure that MHF India provides to its volunteers is highly enriching. I joined the organization through an internship program in 2015 and since then I have participated almost all the events of the organization. I really feel that every psychology student must have such experience. I am extremely proud to be part of MHF India and would always look forward to contribute in their efforts.
I was fortunate enough to work with MHF as a coordinator, a challenging experience, which was also invaluable to my personal and professional growth. Not only did I learn the intricacies of working in the field of psychology, the stint also gave me the opportunity to spread awareness about the important issue of mental health. MHF, especially the guidance of my mentor, helped me in the realization of many of my career goals and I consider myself privileged to have worked with experts in the field. I feel that working with MHF was one of the best decisions I made, both professionally and personally, and will forever remain etched in my mind as experience to cherish and value.
It is a pleasure to work with MHF India. The experience was great not only in terms of education and real-world exposure, but also because of its incredible environment filled with passion and team work. It was very engaging because I have constantly learnt something new in all these years. The atmosphere here really inspires me that yes I need to give something back to the society upto best of my abilities. The knowledge I gained here and the skills I acquired very well complemented and enhanced the education I obtained in the classrooms. This has truly been a great learning experience and I’ll be forever indebted to those who gave me a hand here. I expanded my knowledge and skills, while forming lifelong connections.
At MHF India, I got to work with many dedicated volunteers and so the journey till now has been amazing, especially in Community Project at Kirti Nagar. It was truly a great opportunity to be part of a project that works for people suffering from psychological as well as physical distress. Just learning things theoretically is not enough and therefore we must know its practical application as well, which has been wonderfully taught by MHF India. I received substantial clinical exposure here under the guidance of some leading mental health professionals. MHF India did not only help me in enhancing clinical skills and knowledge but also helped me in shaping my overall personality.
Mental Health Foundation India displays a perfect blend of vision and determination. I have been involved with MHF for a long time now and it has truly opened a completely new arena of exposure for me. My association with it has given me new perspectives on the ground reality of the state of mental health in our country. I have realised how much work still needs to be done. With its diverse initiatives like community projects, internships programs, research projects and intervention services, MHF aims at promoting and building holistic mental health for people. The effort put by the entire team is commendable. My experience of working here has been very enriching and I look forward to stay connected with it.
It happens sometimes, you're waiting for that one breakthrough in life but don't realise that your opportunities are just round the corner. MHFI is that opportunity for me that provided me with a platform to explore and groom myself for the world outside. It's been an amazing journey working with the organization and contributing in the field I passionately follow. Mental health has been a taboo to talk about in our country and the ways to cure it have been obscene, MHF India has broken all such myths where ever it has reached to and has helped to aware people that what actually mental health means. MHF India has given me an experience of my life and has enhanced my personality as an asset. I am glad to be a part of this family. #IStandForMentalHealth
MHF India is one such platform that not only provides you with a boost in your professional stream but also stimulates your personal growth. It gives me immense pleasure to say that the two years I have spent here has been the best learning and training experience. The expert panel, the team running the projects and the co-volunteers, provide such a warm environment to bloom. In the beginning, I was a directionless child. MHFI parented me and guided me to the realization of my real passion i.e. clinical psychology. One thing that marks MHFI different from the rest of the organizations is that, it helps you use all your expertise leading to a holistic personality development. I can't resist mentioning about the wonderful people that I have met in the course of this journey. Cheers to MHFI!
About Her: She might speak a lot off the field but not a word when she is at work. She is that volunteer who keeps on working selflessly and never lets the quality of work being compromised. She worked in our Community Project at Kirti Nagar as Management Sub-Incharge and continues to work there as Organizing Team Member. She was also in the organzing team of our Summer Internship 2017. She has praticipated in all our programs since she joined us in 2015. She truly deserves immense respect and appreciation for her outstanding contribution in our initiatives.
In just a time span of two years, I have learnt so many things through this organisation. What impacts me most is the kind of initiatives being run by MHF India. It not only helps you to understand mental health, but it also focuses on the personal growth of volunteers. It helps you explore your capabilities and make you a confident person. This is what MHF India has given me with love. I am grateful to be a part of the organization. It has been a great journey so far.
Mental Health Foundation (India) is a place where one can learn several things at a time and I consider myself really fortunate that I'm a part of this organisation. I've had the chance to volunteer at the last two Conclaves on Mental Health Awareness and the Community Project at Kirti Nagar. The project that runs in Kirti Nagar is simply beautiful. I've never seen any organisation provide a mental health facility at the doorsteps of people in such a way. The dedication and enthusiasm with which volunteers work and the way management handles the initiative, it's deeply enriching. I've learnt so much being a part of this project and I owe so much to my colleagues. I can say I've found a family here. Thank you MHF India.
My journey with MHF began from 'working with an organization' to being part of a family. MHFI has given me immense knowledge, opportunities, amazing mentors, and a renewed passion for psychology. Working in the Community Project helped me understandthe ground realities of mental health scenario of India. Bringing mental health care in domain of public discussion has been one of our groundbreaking achievements and I am humbled to have been a small part of it.
Mental Health Foundation (India) gives you a platform where you can work for the welfare of people as well as enhance your personality. It is not just an organization but a place which allows you to explore various fields under the discipline of psychology. In my opinion, this is the kind of experience one should have before entering in any field of psychology. The experts working for this noble cause are not just the mentors but more of friends who are so down to earth that you can share anything with them and they will help you. They treat everyone as their family and I am one of the proud members of this family.
While working with Mental Health Foundation (India) for a year, I have gained valuable hands-on experience. MHF India acted as a scaffold for my personal and professional growth. Psychology students need practical exposure and the Community Project here helped me to gain this much needed exposure and assistance in my growth. It a privilege to work with all the experts of MHF India who are always there to flood light the vistas of psychology. I wish the organization glows and ablaze the path of psychology students and bring change in the lives of needy ones.
Mental Health Foundation helped me grow and realize my inner potential in various fields of life and not just psychology. It gave me the strength to overcome my challenges and fears, whenever they tried to overpower me. It gave me the exposure I was striving for. One year at MHF has given me the confidence to face any situation with courage and mindfulness. MHF is not just an organisation, it is family.
As a member of MHF India, I have had some of the best experiences of my lifetime. It has taught me the importance of team work and how to collaboratively work as a team. MHF India exposes one to different setups like community, hospitals, rural areas and drug de-addiction centers which makes one understand the application of what we study in our classrooms. The internship programme is enriching and focuses on the most important aspects of becoming a psychologist and makes one aware of different schools, fields, scope and concepts in psychology through interactive sessions. It not only focuses on training but also the holistic development of the interns through group counseling sessions.
My journey with MHF India begun with my enrollment in the Summer Internship program organized in June 2016. I am obliged to be a part of this organization and especially Community Project at Kirti Nagar. The amount of veneration for the residents of Kirti Nagar covered in our Community Project keeps on growing inside me. Working here has infused many skills in me like keen observations, active listening, etc. all of which has helped me grow as an individual emotionally, intellectually and socially. In particular the internship and project has changed my dealing with the challenges and my mindset towards the society. It gives me immense contentment to appreciate and thank MHF India for all of their mental health initiatives.
MHF India screams passion! People here are passionate for bringing a change in the mental health scenario of the country. Hence, working here has been an experience full of learning and growth. It has given me exposure and opportunities that are endless and have added to my overall development. This organisation is so welcoming and warm that people from all dynamic fields contribute here and follow their passion! The cooperative environment here is extremely positive, supportive and appreciative.
Working with MHF India has been an enriching experience in more ways than one. It has provided me with a platform to gain hands on experience of professionalism and competence in communication. It has presented me with a lot of opportunities not just in the field of psychology, but also facilitated an overall growth and development. It has truly been a great exposure to the practical aspects of the world I intend to join thereby, opening my mind towards making a career choice in the near future, clearer than ever.
Journey with MHFI has been indescribable! With a sound clinical support to a tender listening ear, I have found my perspective mould about the way I see the world. The most admirable part is how you are always welcome to take the baton forward with innovative ideas, which in turn builds you as a person. It's gratifying to have a platform to dream the shift in mental health you would like to see in the world. It's commendable to see the community project of Kirti Nagar being carried out with such selflessness, dedication and accuracy. Looking at MHFI senior members, I found a milestone for myself that I would like to achieve as I tread on my journey with psychology. Having worked with so many organisations, I wish there were more like MHFI!
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