Mpower Debuts In Delhi Pioneering Multidisciplinary Mental Health Services
Present at the launch Dr. Neerja Birla unveiled suicide prevention toolkit to combat the alarming rise of suicides in India
Mpower, an initiative of the Aditya Birla Education Trust, a leader in the mental health space in India, has marked a significant milestone with the launch of "Mpower - The Centre" in the heart of Delhi today. The Centre was launched by Dr Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson of Aditya Birla Education Trust and Mpower and Dr M Srinivas, Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi who graced the occasion with his virtual presence. The launch of the Centre is an important milestone in Mpower’s journey to provide holistic and multidisciplinary mental health care to the residents of Delhi. On this occasion Dr. Neerja Birla also unveiled the "Suicide Prevention Toolkit – HOPE," a comprehensive and invaluable resource aimed at addressing the complex dimensions of suicide risk.
Mpower - The Centre in Delhi is a state-of-the-art facility, covering 1900 square feet, located at 44 Ring Road, 2nd floor, Lajpat Nagar III, New Delhi 110024. The Centre is poised to revolutionize mental health care in the capital, equipped with six counselling rooms, a speech therapy room, an occupational therapy room and a team of experienced psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and counsellors. The Centre will address the mental health needs of Delhiites in a safe and secured environment. The decision to establish Mpower in Delhi is a strategic response to the pressing mental health challenges faced by its residents. "Mpower Mental Health at Workplace Survey 2023" conducted by Mpower in 8 cities including Delhi revealed that 48% of Delhi residents are at risk of mental health illnesses, stressing on the urgency of addressing these concerns. This survey, though primarily focused on the corporate world, sheds light on the significant stress experienced by Delhiites due to rapid urbanization.
During the event, Dr. Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson, Mpower, said: "In launching 'Mpower - The Centre' in Delhi, we address a stark reality: half of Delhi's residents are at risk of poor mental health, burdened by the weight of stress in their lives. The need for holistic mental health care is unmistakable. At Mpower, we are committed to providing comprehensive support under one roof. Our unique offering is more than a facility; it's a sanctuary where individuals can find healing, where mental health experts converge to address the intricate dimensions of well-being. Today on the occasion of the launch we also unveiled the 'Suicide Prevention Toolkit - HOPE,' a resource acutely relevant in a time when suicides can be prevented with the right care and support. Our toolkit guides individuals on offering positive assistance to those in distress, equipping them with the knowledge they need in critical moments.”
She Further Added “Our mission is clear: we want everyone to access mental health care without stigma. Mental health is as vital as physical health. With 'Mpower - The Centre' and the 'Suicide
Prevention Toolkit - HOPE,' we take significant strides toward this vision. Let us break barriers, foster understanding, and provide hope to those who need it most."
Adding to the Launch of Mpower the Centre Dr M Srinivas , Director AIIMS Delhi, Chief Guest said "As we inaugurate the Mpower Delhi Centre and unveil the Suicide Prevention Toolkit today, it symbolizes a pivotal shift in our approach to mental health. Just as we prioritize physical health, we must give equal importance to our mental well-being. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. The Suicide Prevention Toolkit, revealed today, is a beacon of hope. It equips us with the knowledge and resources to recognize signs of distress and support those in need. It underscores that mental health is not a niche concern but a universal issue that touches all of us. Let us together create a Delhi where mental health is openly discussed, understood, and embraced for a healthier and happier city."
More about the Suicide Prevention Toolkit
The toolkit includes an array of valuable topics, such as "Unveiling Suicide Risk: A Cross-Population Analysis," "Insights into Men's Vulnerabilities," "Navigating Women's Unique Challenges," "From Innocence to Struggle: Children's Perspective," "Navigating the Turbulent Seas of Youth," "Middle Age: Juggling Responsibilities and Wellbeing," and "Embracing Golden Years: Geriatric Wellbeing." This toolkit serves as a vital tool in the fight against suicide, offering insights and strategies for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to promote mental health and prevent future tragedies.
More About the Mpower Mental Health at Workplace survey
● Mental health risk in Delhi - 48 per cent of people in Delhi fall in the risk profile. Lack of motivation is the top factor in Delhi at 51 per cent leading to a negative impact on professional growth. 82 per cent of people from Delhi feel the need to take atleast 2 weeks of annual leave.
● Work Culture in Delhi - 53 per cent employers expect their employees to work even when they are on leave. Stress from professional life ranks topmost in Delhi (94 per cent followed by stress from personal life (85 per cent) and stress from pre-existing medical conditions (79 per cent).
● Health Profile of Delhiites- 38 per cent suffer from diabetes in the city. 73 per cent of employees from Delhi expressed more concerns about their sexual life where they feel stress is negatively impacting their performance. 46% of employees in Delhi believe that they are unable to experience a healthy sexual life with their partner due to their busy routine.
● Mental Health preparedness in Delhi- 73 per cent of employees in Delhi realise the importance of mental health and wellbeing
Mpower offers holistic mental health care services, addressing diverse psychological and emotional needs. With a pan-India presence spanning Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune, Delhi, BITS Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad, Kalyan, and Jaipur, Mpower ensures widespread accessibility. Mpower boasts an expert multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, and therapists, providing top-notch mental healthcare services. The organization actively works to reduce mental health stigma through education and advocacy, maintains high standards of care, and offers extended counselling sessions, setting it apart from other facilities. Mpower also promotes community engagement and collaborates with government agencies including the Mumbai Police, the Central Industrial Security Force, district hospitals in Maharashtra and NIMHANS to support the Government of India’s TeleMANAS initiative, to enhance accessibility and support for mental health services, benefiting various stakeholders.
Dr. Neerja Birla is the Founder and Chairperson of Aditya Birla Education Trust and Mpower With a nationwide presence and a multidisciplinary team of psychologists and psychiatrists, Mpower provides quality and standardised access to mental health care that goes beyond traditionally-run setups. The Suicide Prevention Toolkit – HOPE, Unveiled by Dr Neerja Birla is a comprehensive and invaluable resource aimed at addressing the complex dimensions of suicide risk.
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