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In a society where each of us is grown to be independent in spirit and thoughts, there’s always some ambiguity and insanity in a way, that bogs us down in that analysis. We see that the world is our playground, it’s a game but sometimes we play the game too well, that we forget to take care of one’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. This, in turn, seems like luggage, a restless backpack ready to disperse in a bang.
Our most intrinsic nature is caring. It’s one of the most important things that I had to learn and also unlearn. Unlearn in a way, that it’s regulated. Not forced on one another, most importantly, perceived with discipline for one’s own self. I arrived at the footsteps of the Manam Foundation, with depression coupled with anxiety. The atmosphere of such a place can only be described by the sheer volume of nostalgia that I carry with me, but not in mere words- that would seem too extravagant and unnecessary.
Dr. Somya Mohapatra was my guide and also my Guru. She taught me the things that I could love more, and even more than so, accept it. Good or bad, it doesn’t matter: we can’t expect everyone to be the way that we want them to be and that’s the beauty of it. I’m more or less paraphrasing some of the words that she spoke to me, maybe there could be a book, volumes. But the most important part of therapy was, growth, not the ones that give us instant gratification but the ones that have till now, stuck with me, that is like a plant, that I water, every now and then. I don’t really mind about the fruits that I might reap from it because my guru, my ma’am taught me, you really don’t have to worry about the consequences of your actions, as long as you are doing it right with respect to the laws of nature, with courage and love.
Someone once said, “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” It’s true. It’s necessary for survival and growth, that’s what I learned from Manam. That’s what makes Manam so special and endearing in its pursuit to make anyone be the best possible version of themselves. Join Manam and realize that you are not alone, you are not the only one but most importantly you are the only one that can make a difference with yourself.
Addiction is a rapidly growing menace in our society today. it has a huge impact on the economic burden of our country. The objective of this workshop was to spread awareness with the users through expression of their emotions with art and painting. Some of their art was heart wrenching and also an insight into their dark world. Sessions like these help in the healing of the inner world of the addicts. There were 60 addicts. They also shared their experiences and recited slam poetry.
People across Odisha were invited for pitching in their bit to prevent suicide and make this world a shade better than it was yesterday through original write-ups and photographs. This was a part of our initiative in collaboration with the New Indian Express and 93. 5 Red F.M. for the fifteen day-long suicide prevention campaign. There was an enthusiastic response with over two hundred entries consisting of short stories, poems, slogans and photographs, with prizes for the best ones which were given out at the final event in the East Coast Railway Auditorium by Mr. A. Sarangi (Director, BPSPA).
The winning pieces for poetry in Odia, Hindi and English were by Swagat Rout, Bhuvanesh Kumar Pradhan, Rahul Kanugo respectively. The second prize in the Hindi and English categories were bagged by Bhabani Prasad Nayak and Ayushi Acharya.
The prize for best picture was awarded to Rupesh Kumar Pasayat for his sketch.
The overwhelming participation gave us a sense that we as a society are ready to be open about suicide, that we see the urgency in why it should be looked at which is the very first step in trying to move forward and hopefully resolve this issue.
To borrow from Hollywood, the pursuit of happiness is perhaps what all of us have set out to do. With our current lifestyle, it’s not very hard to feel like Atlas (although one buckling under pressure), as if we’re bearing the weight of the entire world on our shoulders. Juggling around a high-stress work environment or a demanding educational curriculum and personal relationships, with others and most importantly, with oneself, can be quite draining. This is not without consequence- such a strain is unhealthy both for mental and physical health, worse, if you’re already struggling with these health problems.
Lifestyle changes can go miles in helping realign yourself, to recover from anxiety, stress, depression and the like; if you aren’t, then it will be a great preventive measure for not letting your body lapse into these states. All your organ systems come together, complexly interconnected to form you and thus any dysfunction has various factors contributing to it. Medication will target a part of the problem but changing your lifestyle will help in a well-rounded recovery and also, prevention of a relapse.
‘Counselling’ the word itself could have very general connotations as well as extremely special connotations. It is not about giving advice or telling people what to do and what not to do. It is not about helping people for the sake of helping. It does not mean sharing your feelings superficially or being treated as someone with mental health issues. The notion of Therapeutic Counselling is usually misunderstood as a treatment for the mentally challenged. It is high time we break the myths that surround “Counselling” and start receiving the benefits of a Subject called “Therapeutic counselling” that has far-reaching positive impact and has been world-wide acclaimed as a holistic approach towards Personal and Professional Enrichment. Counselling, in fact, is facilitating a person’s decision to grow. It is an initiative to help people help themselves.
A friendly Entity within Professional Boundaries!!
A Problem-Solving Approach towards a Solution-Centric Accomplishment!!
Professional Counselling Relationship Consists of qualities like Trust, Empathetic Concern, Patient Listening and Responding, Confidentiality, Transparency and Perceptive Understanding towards the Counsellee.
The Process begins with one sharing one’s problems, concern and difficulties in resolving life issues and ends with a healthy identification of the approach towards solving them. Though counselling ends at a certain point of time the feedback and follow-up continues till the Counsellee is self-help efficient.
“Lord, give me the will power to change what can be changed, the grace to accept what cannot be changed and the wisdom to know the difference”- Amen
During the service workshop conducted at Moinsikhalo by Manam the appalling condition of the residents came to the forefront. The majority of the youth were victims of drug abuse and were a major source of concern to the families and Manam. Dr. Jai prakash Ravan addressed the residents to make them aware of the kind of help they could avail of through Manam and uplift their mental and physical living conditions. Free medicines were distributed to those who were identified with mental disturbances. Manam Foundation’s plan is to make regular visits to monitor the impact it can make over time in the quality of mental health of 2700 residents of the abovementioned slum.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
Manam conducted yet another art leadership project where this time severely mentally ill patients in the psychiatric ward were coaxed into expressing themselves through this process of art. It was noticed that some patients who had not been interactive for months showed an interest in this novel initiative. It was amazing to see the talent some of them displayed despite their mental condition. It was very heartening to see it !!
The Foundation conducted its first day course in ‘ Basic Skills in Counselling ‘ at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. The course was well attended by a varied group comprising of all age groups. It was successful in incorporating fundamentals of counselling techniques to cope with relationships. There will be many such courses conducted relevant to personality disorders, self discovery and psychological mechanisms enhancing skills. It was conducted by our expert psychiatrist Dr Jai Prakash Ravan.
An art expression camp was held at Samarpan, a leading deaddiction counselling centre. The objective of the camp was to gently encourage the inmates to find joy in moments of creative release by painting kettles which were unique with each ones expression. These handpainted kettles are then showcased for sale to raise funds for the cause of mental health.