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These Mumbai School Students Self-Published A Mental Health Book To Help Out Youngsters

Looks like the future is in good hands.

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ReachOut is a mental health awareness campaign started by students of the Cathedral & John Connon School in Mumbai.

Saumya Sinha

The 100-odd volunteers of the group, who are from the same school, have published three self-help books for different age groups.

Saumya Sinha

The book contains student surveys that help determine how mental health is an issue that isn't being talked about nearly as much as it should be.

Saumya Sinha

It also contain illustrations and writings submitted by the students of the school.

Saumya Sinha
Saumya Sinha

The book is divided into different sections dedicated to some of the most common mental ailments plaguing youngsters.

Saumya Sinha

Saumya Sinha, a 12th grade student of the school, told BuzzFeed India how the idea for the book came about.

"In school, there's a lot of pressure to perform on every student. Sometimes, if you're feeling low, people think you might be doing it for attention. Very few students even considered visiting the counsellor, so one day I visited the counsellor and talked about this problem. Initially, we decided that we should hold an assembly to discuss the topic, but a lot of people wanted to be part of it."
Saumya Sinha

"In school, there's a lot of pressure to perform on every student. Sometimes, if you're feeling low, people think you might be doing it for attention. Very few students even considered visiting the counsellor, so one day I visited the counsellor and talked about this problem. Initially, we decided that we should hold an assembly to discuss the topic, but a lot of people wanted to be part of it."

"At first, we started a visual campaign, and started putting up posters around school, but a lot of people wanted to be part of it, so we decided to make a book."

Saumya Sinha

"Initially, about 15-20 students would visit the counsellor in a week. Now, over 100 students are talking to the counsellor on a weekly basis," Sinha said.

"The perception of mental illness has somewhat changed since we published the book, and things are slowly getting better," she added.
Saumya Sinha

"The perception of mental illness has somewhat changed since we published the book, and things are slowly getting better," she added.

Looks like the future of India is in good hands.

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