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


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


  • 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


Dr N Krishnamurthy


Dr Neha Sharma 

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Usha Solanki 


Our Sponsor

Balavikasa Academy

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