MERAKI: SOCIETY FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Be Kind to Your Mind
Meraki: The Society for Mental Health at DME aims to initiate change and sensitize students about mental health and focus on the art of empathizing. It endeavours to establish a community garden for students and provide guidance and psycho- emotional support. Mental health encompasses the overall wellbeing and impacts our lives in many ways. It is an initiative to equip the students to meet the multiple challenges and expectations beyond academics.
In pursuit of our Vision, we strive to:
- Promote improved mental well-being for all individuals through education, support and advocacy.
- Become a humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice.
- Improve the community’s understanding of mental health and enhancing interpersonal relationships through better and effective communication.
- Provide education and opportunities for students to identify their creative potential and subsequently provide programs and an environment that supports a healthy state of mind and improves resilience for all.
The role of the society shall be of a facilitator (and not as a counsellor or a therapist) to make students aware of the importance of mental health. It strives to make everyone value their mental health and lead happy and peaceful lives.
Convener, Ms. Shanu Jain
Assistant Professor, DME Management School
Co-convener, Ms. Sukriti Arora
Assistant Professor, DME Media School
Co-convener, Ms. Shambhavi Mishra
Assistant Professor, DME Law School
Student Convener: Tanisha Sharma, B.A. LL.B. Batch 2018-23
Student Co-Convener: Megha Mishra, B.A. LL.B. Batch 2018-23
On 17th October, 2020 Meraki: society for Mental Health at Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida in collaboration with Outreach DME-The CSR club conducted a workshop on Socio – Emotional Health of Students in Pandemic. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize students on the most crucial yet ignored aspect in our lives i.e. mental and emotional health and provide relevant answers to the questions by providing socio- emotional support. The session highlighted the problems that might have been faced by the students and to educate them on necessary events that may have been happening with them, due to the pandemic and to tell them how to cope up with that. The entire session was conducted online via Zoom platform from 11:00 am onwards. Ms Shambhavi Mishra, Faculty Co-convener of Meraki welcomed Ms Jigyasa Tandon (Mental Health professional, educationist and advocate), the keynote speaker for the webinar. Ms. Jigyasa shared her life experiences with many contemporary examples from our daily lives and inspired everyone with her encouraging words. Many participants raised some value points on maintaining their mental health and how every day influences and effect of social media. Topics like how to define mental health, how to use the three L’s that are Live Learn and Love were beautifully explained by the guest. She also talked about the important aspects such as awareness and acceptance of the act or any such situation related to mental health and how to attend the ones who are going through such issues. Adding to the points ,Ms Jigaysa also talked about how Covid 19 has given a new dimension to these already existing issues and most importantly how to deal with it. She inspired students to pursue their hobbies, try some creativity, experiment new things, listen to good music and podcasts, and watch some light movies, cartoons and comic shows, anything and everything that soothes one’s mind and heart. This was followed by a round of questions and answers from the audiences where students enthusiastically discussed their anxieties with the guest. Towards the end of the event Dr. Swati Jain, Head Outreach DME expressed her vote of thanks to the guest and all the students and faculty members present there. It was overall an enlightening experience for everyone.
Report By: Megha Mishra
Meraki: The Society for Mental Health at DME aims to initiate change and sensitize students about mental health and focus on the art of empathizing. On 11th October, 2020 conducted its inaugural and orientation programme in the light of Mental Health day on 10th October, 2020. The motive is to establish a community garden for students and provide guidance and psycho- emotional support. The orientation highlighted the theme Mental Health: Transcending Disciplines. Due to the pandemic the entire session was conducted online via Zoom platform. The event commenced with welcoming of guests and key note speakers. Honourable Justice Bhanwar Singh Sir, Director General, DME bestowed upon us his blessings and words of wisdom regarding mental health. Ms Shambhavi Mishra (Faculty Co-convener) welcomed Honourable Justice Swatanter Kumar (Former Chairperson, National Green Tribunal and Former Judge, Supreme Court of India) and eminent counsellor and psychologist Ms. Shivani Misri Sadhoo (Founder & Director, Saarthi counselling services). By informing and educating the importance of mental health and its multi-dimensional approach in society, the event was a great success. Many participants raised some value points on maintaining their mental health by battling every day influences and effect of social media. Issues such as effect of isolation and anxiety due to pandemic were also discussed. Towards the end of the event, Prof. (Dr.) Ravikant Swami, Director DME, motivated and expressed his vote of thanks to all the students and faculty members present there. It was overall a wonderful learning experience!