New Delhi, 13 July 2023: Heartfulness Institute in affiliation with Ripples of Change Foundation, a social influence group, and Kateel Ashok Pai Memorial Institute (KAPMI) – an entity of Manasa Hospital in Shimoga, is happy to announce a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) geared toward advancing psychological well being consciousness and assist in communities. The MoU was signed at Manasa Hospital, Shimoga on Wednesday by the three establishments.
As a part of their dedication to selling psychological well being, ROCF and HFI have been working the “Voice that Cares” program in collaboration with Heartfulness, a free helpline out there 7 days per week centered on offering psychosocial first assist (PSFA) assist for people by way of educated volunteers (https://www.rocf.org/voice-that-cares/ ).
As a part of the MOU, KAPMI will allow ROCF and HFI to strengthen the VTC program with volunteering, mentoring, and counseling assist. ROCF and HFI will function implementation companions for this system, managing the operations of the helpline, together with volunteer onboarding, coaching, evaluate and monitoring, knowledge administration, and platform technical providers. They may even liaise with KAPMI representatives and different stakeholders, establish coaching wants, develop program methods, and recruit further human assets as required. KAPMI will present important psychological health-related inputs, develop coaching supplies, consider the influence and high quality of calls, supply psychiatric assist when essential, and assist undertake psychological well being analysis. The volunteers from the PG Diploma and M.Sc. Psychology programs will present help in supporting the VTC helpline.
Speaking on MoU, Rev. Daaji – Spiritual Guide of Heartfulness, President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission and Padma Bhushan Awardee stated, “Taking care of psychological well being is of paramount significance earlier than reaching the religious depths. To deal with the early phases of psychological chaos is straightforward by way of meditation, however when psychological well being goes on a downward spiral, skilled intervention turns into obligatory. At the identical time, we want to eliminate the taboo or negativities that encompass searching for skilled assist for psychological well-being. It’s all the time good to encourage searching for assist in time. I’m very glad that ROCF, KAPMI, and Heartfulness have come collectively on this noble process of selling psychological well being consciousness and offering the required assist.”
This collaboration goals to create a sturdy assist system for people in want of psychological well being help, guaranteeing that they obtain applicable steerage, counseling, and referrals for additional remedy. By leveraging the experience and assets of all three organizations, the “Voice that Cares” helpline shall be in a position to make a big influence in selling psychological well-being and fostering a mentally resilient neighborhood.
The MOU between ROCF, HFI, and KAPMI signifies a shared dedication to advancing psychological well being assist, elevating consciousness, and decreasing the stigma surrounding psychological well being points. This partnership embodies the collective willpower to make a constructive change in the lives of people and communities.
Established in 2021, VTC is a free psychosocial first assist helpline that operates in English, Hindi, and Telugu and has reached over 10,000 distinctive beneficiaries throughout 28 states of India. Over 56,000 calls have been acquired up to now for PSFA with 15% of calls escalated for degree 2 counseling as effectively. VTC has educated greater than 700 volunteers, who’re presently engaged in offering counseling providers to the callers between 9 am to 9 pm in all days of the week. Counselling programmes for numerous corporates are additionally out there by way of collaboration.