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Mental Health Report April 2024



Manaswin, an initiative aimed at providing emotional counseling and support to uniformed Services Personnel across Mumbai, conducted a session on April 25, 2024. Hosted at the Divisional Railway Manager’s Office, Mumbai Central, the session targeted 60 Western Railway Medical staff members. The objective was to advocate for mental health awareness and engage participants in experiential-based activities to enhance their emotional well-being. The session commenced with an introduction to the Manaswin Project’s mission and goals. Emphasis was placed on the importance of prioritizing mental health within the workplace, particularly within high-stress environments such as the railway medical services.The Manaswin Project’s emotional counseling session proved to be a valuable opportunity for Western Railway Medical staff members to engage in meaningful discussions surrounding mental health advocacy and support. Overall, the session received positive feedback from participants, indicating a growing recognition of the importance of prioritizing mental health within their professional roles. Moving forward, the Manaswin Project remains committed to continuing its efforts in promoting mental health awareness and support within Mumbai’s uniformed services personnel community.


Nayi Disha, a program dedicated to prison counseling at Arthur Road Jail and Byculla District Jail, conducted two group sensitization sessions on April 15th and April 29th, 2024, at Arthur Road Prison. The sessions aimed to promote mental health advocacy among inmates and foster a supportive environment within the prison community.The sensitization sessions targeted a total of 208 inmates at Arthur Road Prison. Through interactive discussions, the sessions focused on raising awareness about mental health issues and advocating for destigmatization within the prison setting. The positive impact of these sessions underscores the importance of continued efforts to address mental health issues within correctional facilities.


The Smiling School Project (TSSP), dedicated to implementing Socio-emotional Learning (SEL) modules in BMC schools, conducted its closing ceremony for the 2023-24 academic year on April 6, 2024. Hosted at Project Mumbai’s Office, the ceremony provided an opportunity to reflect on the program’s accomplishments, gather feedback, and celebrate the contributions of facilitators and participants. Throughout the 2023-24 academic year, TSSP successfully implemented SEL modules in 57 BMC schools, catering to students in the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. The program aimed to enhance students’ social and emotional skills, promoting their overall well-being and academic success.The closing ceremony included a comprehensive review of the TSSP curriculum, highlighting key topics covered and learning objectives achieved. Facilitators walked through the curriculum, emphasizing its relevance and impact on students’ lives.By fostering students’ social and emotional skills, the program has contributed to creating a positive school environment conducive to learning and personal development.Moving forward, TSSP remains committed to its mission of empowering students with the tools and skills necessary to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and compassion. The closing ceremony served as a reminder of the program’s impact and the importance of continued efforts to support the social and emotional well-being of students in BMC schools.