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Mental Health Curriculum for School Students

Over the years, several schools have reached out to Manas Foundation with the vision to incorporate mental health inputs into the education imparted to students. Manas Foundation recognises the need to equip children with skills to identify and cope with mental health issues to be a part of our education system and fills the gap as it introduces a blueprint to the mental health curriculum. The mental health curriculum addresses specific psychosocial concerns that arise at the various stages of growing up, and include physical and emotional changes, identity formation, respect and discipline, communication, relationships, and peer pressure among others. These workshops are curated and evaluated by an expert panel of mental health professionals. They aim to influence the school culture that becomes sensitive to mental health needs and issues for school to be a safe place where we continue to nurture learning but also create a resilient future. 

The curriculum is shared via the medium of regular interactive workshops held multiple times over the academic year, audio-visual material and activity-based learning. The themes are decided based on the psycho-social and emotional needs of specific age groups, and they are decided in tandem with the assessment shared by the school counsellor to incorporate into a comprehensive academic curriculum that can be customised to fit the needs and concerns being experienced by the children in each specific institute. 

Goals of the Manas Mental Health Curriculum for Schoolchildren:

  • To implement direct group interventions at the school to demystify pertinent mental health issues for students, and enhance positive self-development
  • To involve teachers within the purview of the mental health interventions being put into action in the school
  • To carry out mental health campaigns that will raise awareness and stimulate dialogue within the school environment towards greater well-being both at the individual as well as collective level.

    Sanskriti School

    Amity International Schools

    The Air force School

    The Mothers’ International School

    Sardar Patel Vidyalaya

    Gyan Bharti School

Training Programmes with School Counsellors

In our extensive work with school students, we have developed training modules and hands-on curricula for school counsellors and mental health professionals working with children and adolescents.
Objectives of these training programmes :

  • Training counsellors in understanding & dealing effectively with learning/ psychological/ emotional/ behavioural problems of children.
  • Assisting the counsellors in the identification of emotional/behavioural/learning issues, like- SLD, conduct disorders, ADHD, autism, school refusal, low self-esteem, suicidal tendency, exam stress etc.
  • Enhancing capacities in applying counselling techniques in working with common psycho-social and developmental issues in children of all ages such as screening, supportive counselling and crisis intervention.
  • Training counsellors with adequate protocols and techniques for sensitive psychosocial issues such as sexual abuse, bullying, trauma, migration, parental discord, drug addiction, disciplining issues, gender sensitivity etc. (need-based)
  • To enable counsellors to manage the issues, or refer the child to the correct professionals using the above-mentioned learning.

In our extensive work with school students, we have developed training modules and hands-on curricula for school counsellors and mental health professionals working with children and adolescents in association with UNFPA, the Directorate of Education GNCTD, and SCERT (2016).  An in-depth training programme for newly inducted Guest Counsellors in Delhi Government Schools was also initiated under this partnership wherein trainings were facilitated with 160 newly inducted counsellors, via a five-day programme covering specific subthemes pertaining to counselling school children.

Capacity Building of Teachers on Mental Health Needs and Concerns of School Children

Manas offers capacity building training sessions for school teachers to be sensitised to the mental health needs of children. These sessions are delivered with an interactive workshop-based methodology, including multimedia resources, role plays, case discussions and peer mentoring. Our training is activity-based, allowing the teachers and staff to experientially understand their role in creating an enabling environment within which students feel safe and cared for. They aim for teachers to be catalysts in creating safe spaces that hold empathy, accept diversity, identify and offer receptivity to the mental health and developmental concerns of children. These workshops also take into cognisance the importance of teachers’ mental health and share coping and stress management skills with them. Keeping in mind the crucial role teachers play in shaping a child’s future, teachers are also oriented with skills to perform career counselling. Altogether, these sessions generate mental health awareness and are conducive for teachers to influence the school environment, create safer and more conscious spaces for teachers and children’s well-being as well as growth.

Psychometric Assessments for School Students

Professionals from Manas implement standardized psychological tests to gain insight into areas adversely affecting the child’s development, which are used to assess current functioning and resolve reported concerns. This also extends to understanding the various issues subtracting from the child’s positive psychological growth. All assessments follow standards of ethics and the comfort of clients.

 

  • Intelligence (IQ Testing) using standardized tests that incorporate performance and verbal tasks in order to gauge intellectual ability across domains, while ensuring culture-fairness in interpretation.
  • Specific Learning Disability or SLD assessment (generally paired with IQ testing) involves a range of tests to gauge clients’ level of difficulty with specific scholastic and perceptual skills such as attention, language, arithmetic, perceptual gestalt and accuracy.
  • Career Guidance focuses on assessing interest, aptitude and personality and attempts to find a match amongst them, recommending a career path that considers individual abilities, interests, personality values and context.
  • Screening and assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, along with other childhood and development disorders.

To know more or book an appointment contact us at:
91-11-41708571, 8802023901 (10am – 5pm)
info@manas.org.in

Direct Mental Health Model for Educational Institutes

Manas also offers a model of the direct delivery of mental health interventions with academic institutes wherein we plug in the required services within the institute’s existing infrastructure. We visit the institute according to a mutually decided schedule for counselling students, conducting assessments as well as taking workshops on topics such as interpersonal relationships, stress management, gender sensitivity, diversity and respect, addiction, social conformity etc. Under one such association, since 2011, our team members visit Dyal Singh College (Delhi University) and Adhyayan Public School Kapashera on a weekly basis. 

Mental Health Awareness programme

Mental health awareness is an imperative first step to develop clarity about our own and others’ psycho-social and emotional needs, and work towards a more holistic sense of well-being. Propagation of myths around mental health further the stigmatization and reduce help seeking behaviour on part of the affected. To target this, since its inception, Manas Foundation has worked relentlessly to raise evidence-based mental health awareness amongst academic institutions through workshops, campaigns, action-research and advocacy. Under one of our initiatives, in 2016, The Live Love Laugh Foundation, an organization founded by actor Deepika Padukone, approached Manas Foundation to become their implementing partner for school mental health workshops in Delhi. Over two years of partnership (2016-2017, and 2017-2018), Manas conducted workshops on mental health awareness at more than 200 schools in Delhi/NCR, reaching out to approximately 24,000 students and 7,000 teachers

Mental Health Based Research

Manas Foundation has undertaken research on understanding mental health and well-being needs and concerns of students and children, along with researching the interventions in place to address these needs. The objectives, methods and outcomes of these research programmes have been oriented towards mapping, developing and advocating for enabling access of systematic mental health services to children, students and teachers for strengthening the overall academic system.

POSH Trainings

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, Redressal) Act, 2013, seeks to protect women from sexual harassment at work place. Manas under its larger Gender Justice Programme to create safer public spaces for women, provides POSH trainings to employers and employees of various establishments to make working spaces free of gender-based violence. Manas in the past 5 years has provided such trainings to a myriad of partners including Hero Honda, Rupeek, Urban Clap, etc.