Our School Mental Health Program “Young Minds Forum” is an endeavour to provide holistic mental health services for the school. This program will offer workshops, training programs and talks at individual and group levels for students, parents, teachers and the school staff. The aim of YMF is to develop a psychologically nurturing channel between the School-Home dyad that is most crucial for children. This program focuses on developing skills for parents, teachers and school staff to notice the warning signs of mental health problems, to be prepared with intervention strategies. Through YMF, positive skills for self growth, positive parents and more impactful class management strategies will be developed that will be tailor made for the school. The ultimate goal of the program will be to develop mental health programs and intervention pathways within the school so that the school becomes self-sufficient in catering to the mental health needs of its stake holders. In other words, UDGAM would like to create Mental Health Ecosystems for each school!
UDGAM believes that Parenting is a privilege like none other. In the current times, with limited support systems in place, the task of parenting has certainly become more challenging than ever. The positive parenting workshops provide parents the opportunities to pick up skills to manage difficult behaviours more effectively, again better understanding into these behaviours and help the child to develop adaptive behavioural patterns, resilience, effective ways to deal with emotional issues. These workshops will also help the parents to understand how some old concepts and strategies may be hindering than helpful, analyse their parenting styles and develop insights into unconscious parenting patterns such as judging their child, power struggles, critical commenting etc. The workshops would also focus on helping parents of children with specific difficulties and their effective management.
It is a set up and run by parents and carers of children with additional needs. Parent Support Groups members, along with a psychologist as a facilitator work with the members to address the care giver burden, stress and burn outs. It provides parents a community of their own where in their emotions are acknowledged, validated and understood in a non-judgmental environment where parents help each other in venting out and sharing and developing better strategies for parenting.