Introduce Effective Mental Health Modules for Students in 200 Schools #MentalHealthMatters

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Meera is a 13-year-old student at a government school of Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu. She has been nicknamed ‘water-tap’ by her classmates.

They continuously made fun of her for urinating inside the classroom, everyday. "Neither Meera nor her family knew, what she is going through is a mental illness.”

When I came to know about this from her teacher, I was curious to know whether she did this on purpose. I had a face to face meeting with Meera.

After a long conversation she broke down. She mustered up the courage to speak about how her step-brother sexually harassed her every night.

This came as a rude shock to me. She did not feel safe in her own home, did not know whom to talk to, and felt helpless and broken.

“Why did Meera keep silent? Did Meera not trust her teachers to seek help and share this with them? What kind of a support system would be appropriate for this?”

I kept thinking about these questions, and looked into this issue further.

Would recruiting a psychiatrist for every school help many children like Meera? A psychiatrist could provide a temporary solution but what about the problems that she is going to face as she grows up?

If not addressed in time, the scars of this can remain with these children for life. Nothing can be a better option that to equip these children with skills to protect themselves.

An “effective mental health literacy" module, through art based therapy, in Government Schools would help the students. Starting with a pilot project, the module would consist of two hours of class per week for 8th-12th standard children.

An effective mental health module would be a way to equip Meera with all that she needs to fight on her own, in all kind of circumstances, incase if she fails to get an external support.

Meera eventually spoke up. There could be so many other Meeras who are silent because they don’t have an idea of whom to reach out for help!

Sign my petition asking to introduce ‘effective’ mental health modules for students & teachers in 200 government schools of Pudukkottai.

Support our Meeras! Your signatures will help them get a safe and brighter future. #MentalHealthMatters

#BreakTheSilence #LetOurGirlsSpeak
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