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LEAD PROJECT

This has been 9-month community based project focused on improving mental health and wellbeing in children aged 2-16 years old.  Project started in February 2020 in Leicester (UK) and continued throughout virtually during COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The project involved working closely with children, parents and schools to provide support, education and tools to nurture mental health and overall well-being.

Project 

Details 

Project Goals

  1. Raise awareness about the importance of mental health in children and adolescents.

  2. Equip parents with the knowledge and tools to support their children's mental well-being.

  3. Provide children with age-appropriate resources and skills to build resilience and emotional intelligence.

  4. Reduce stigma surrounding mental health in the community and schools.

  5. Foster a supportive environment for open communication about mental health.

Project Components

  1. Educational Workshops for Parents:

    • Workshops for parents on understanding childhood development, recognizing signs of mental health issues, and strategies to promote positive mental well-being.

    • Supported guidance on effective communication and active listening to create a safe space for children to express their emotions.

  2. Child-Centered Activities:

    • Organize age-appropriate workshops, art therapy sessions, and play-based activities for children to express themselves and learn about emotions.

    • Teach children mindfulness techniques and coping skills tailored to their developmental stage.

  3. School Collaboration:

    • Partner with schools to integrate mental health education into the curriculum, ensuring that children receive guidance on emotional awareness, stress management, and seeking help.

    • Train teachers to recognize potential signs of mental health issues and provide appropriate support.

  4. Online Resources:

    • Develop a user-friendly resources for parents and children, including articles, videos, and interactive tools.

    • Offer virtual counseling sessions with licensed child psychologists for families who need additional support.

  5. Support Groups:

    • Establish support groups for parents to share experiences, challenges, and strategies for promoting mental well-being in their children.

    • Create peer support groups for older children and teenagers to discuss their feelings and build a sense of community.

  6. Community Events:

    • Organize community events like mental health awareness walks, workshops, and art exhibitions to involve the broader community in fostering a mentally healthy environment for children.

  7. Collaboration with Mental Health Professionals:

    • Partner with child psychologists, therapists, and psychiatrists to provide expert guidance, training, and resources for parents and children.

    • Ensure that any child requiring professional help is connected to appropriate mental health services.

Project in Numbers 

Project Outcome 

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KAP

  • 80% of parents and teachers reported increased understanding of child mental health, changed in their attitude and practice towards mental health and well-being. 

Help-seeking

  • Approximately 150 at-risk children received counseling services, with 70% showing improved mental health scores

Engagements

  • 60% Increased engagement from community members and organizations to support child mental health. 

Self Efficacy 

  • Mostly, all parents in parenting skill program feel confident and efficient to manage behavioural issues in children. 

Project Lead

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Dr N Krishnamurthy

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Dr Neha Sharma 

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Usha Solanki 

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Our Sponsor

Balavikasa Academy

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