According to the reports published by the National Crime Records Bureau, one student commits suicide every hour. In 2018, about 28 such suicides were reported every day making it 1,03,000 lacs in a year in India alone. This was almost an eight per cent increase from the previous year.
According to another study, 37.7%, 13.1% and 2.4% of students suffer from moderate, severe and extreme depression respectively. Depression can be triggered by multiple reasons such as inability to cope with the existing environment, lack of understanding of concepts, language barriers, cultural differences and many more.
At AnantU, we believe in creating a supportive and stigma-free atmosphere in the varsity. Through workshops, seminars, webinars and in-house counselling support, students do not have to face challenges alone. We have dedicated wellbeing warriors, who work with the centre, to identify mental health issues, direct them to appropriate channels of communication and create awareness.
Lifestyle, sleep-cycle, healthy diet and exercise contribute towards physical fitness. We believe that physical fitness plays an important role in improving mood, reducing stress and preventing mental illness, thus making students happy, confident and productive. To this end, AnantU offers various initiatives like yoga sessions, workshops on physical fitness, sports and recreation to ensure that our students stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Besides, our canteen provides nutritious meals to ensure that students get healthy food. The overall wellbeing of the student is a top priority and our dedicated team of wellbeing warriors, and resources ensure that students stay physically fit.
Emotional wellbeing instils positivity in an individual and allows them to function constructively in society, complete the tasks productively and recover from detrimental thoughts. Research says that effective communication, empathy, honing skills, gaining knowledge, dealing with emotional and social crisis help one lead a better academic and professional life. To this end, the centre organises various activities comprising counselling sessions, webinars, events, games and many more to ensure that AnantU community is emotionally healthy. We assist the community through a set of diverse initiatives such as deep listening sessions, conflict resolution and others.
As students venture into a new phase of their life at the university, they transform with the new surroundings. Student life can be overwhelming with the academic workload, meeting new people from diverse backgrounds to a new environment which can manifest in the form of anxiety, depression and feeling of isolation. To help students who face challenges to adapt, they can access our services like online counselling platform, on-campus infirmary and in-person counselling support. In addition, the University has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards ragging, physical and/or cyberbullying or any form of hostile activity which may harm their physical or mental wellbeing.
AnantU believes in creating a campus culture that is creative, encouraging, stigma-free, safe, healthy and empathetic. The centre empowers the members with confidence, compassion, self-esteem, empathy, resilience and gratitude to excel in their academic pursuits. It engages people in interactive and entertaining sessions such as giving a visual language to stress, talking openly on various platforms among many others. These activities aim at instilling qualities in AnantU community members that will foster a positive outlook towards life and help them in their future endeavours.
AnantU has partnered with YourDost, an online platform, to make counselling and emotional support services available to our students 24×7. They can anonymously connect with experts like psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, life coaches and career guides among others for guidance and confidential counselling sessions.
Supplementing round-the-clock online support, AnantU has two trained in-house counsellors to support our community members with intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts. Individuals gain a rich understanding of themselves, including their pattern of thought, behaviour, feelings and ways in which these may have caused an issue in their lives. Our community is further supported by various stakeholders to identify and tap existing resources or develop new ones to enhance their lives and relationships.
AnantU has always partnered with a leading hospital in Ahmedabad to bring primary medical services and preventive health care tips to our students, staff and faculty. The on-campus infirmary is equipped with basic medical facilities and a full-time nurse. AnantU community can also avail services like periodic health-checkups, workshops and health camps for free.
YourDOST is online counselling support designed to foster mental health. It anonymously connects individuals with the right experts, comprising psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, life coaches and career counsellors who understand and guide individuals through a completely confidential one-on-one session. Visit : yourdost.com
We believe that wellbeing is something that needs to be practised consistently for an individual to feel happy and engage to their full potential. AnantU’s wellbeing warriors are student representatives who work towards creating a supportive, stigma-free, engaging ecosystem throughout the University.
Our wellbeing warriors are working towards:
Faculty are the closest to students and are in the best position to support their overall wellbeing. Therefore, we have initiated a Faculty Support Group (FSG) to act as a resource hub for all our faculty members in identifying and supporting students through their challenges. The FSG meets regularly to discuss systemic changes as well as individual-level support, necessary for our entire student body to flourish. Besides, the FSG also acts as a platform for faculty members to discuss and talk about their wellbeing to avoid being overwhelmed in the process.
Everyone has an interesting story to tell but they might be unable to share their tale. I believe Bloom can break that barrier and I am here to help them. I like to listen to their stories and motivate people to communicate and believe in themselves.
I believe patience and supporting others comes naturally to me. I have been the shoulder for many in the hostel and so being a Wellbeing Warrior seemed a natural fit. I can help by spreading awareness about the problems that most people ignore or refrain from talking about.
I believe sometimes people need someone who can listen to them. At a time of emotional turmoil, sometimes sharing your feelings can help unload a heavy burden. I hope to be someone with whom people can share their concerns with ease.
Warriors are the ones who fight for good and I want to stand on this side. I want to change the negative perspective of people and enable them see the good and positive. Together we can find and work on their problems both personally and professionally.
I became a warrior because I think I understand human emotions well. I want to support my peers through healthy communication and carry out stress buster activities.
Making others happy is what keeps me motivated. So Bloom is of course the place where I fit in. I believe a person's mental health is important. As a warrior, I can be the elder sister who can help when you feel bogged down.
I joined Bloom-centre for wellbeing to explore the soft corner in me. After coming at AnantU, I learned a lot about important virtues like empathy, equality and kindness through this initiative. I love being a part of the wellbeing initiative and I always look forward to our weekly meetings.
From studying psychology as one of my subjects in school to understanding the basic psyche of a person, I have grown up. Today, where mental stress increases with each passing day, Bloom allows me to extend support and help fellow students under my reach.
I believe engaging with creative form of communication can help people cope with struggles. As an aspiring game designer and an animator, I want to help people to overcome mental health issues using my creative and interactive communication skills.
Humanity and creativity are what sets us apart from others. I believe that one should live their fullest and make the most of what they have while breaking free from stress as true evolution comes from acceptance. Through Bloom, I want to help people deal with stress, encourage them to live a good life and practise what Robert Ingersoll said, "We rise by lifting others".
I am always keen to learn new things in life and also help people in the process. However, learning something from scratch can be a stressful path and hence I want to help make the process easy, stress free and friendly.
Being a year-long exchange student to the Netherlands at 16 helped me become an adaptable and accepting individual. I believe communicating our emotions is what keeps us sane, and through Bloom, I aim at encouraging people to talk more and thereby stay healthy.
I have always been a light-hearted and welcoming person which makes everyone feel at ease when they talk to me. Through Bloom, I aim at building on these qualities as I think it might help people relieve their stress while they converse with me.
I have a varied range of interests, and it evolves every time. I want to be the best at what I do, but the results are not always in my favour. It's disappointing, but I have learned to stay positive and keep trying new things. I have walked the path, and I feel through Bloom, I can help others understand that it's okay to face issues. Together we will fight the challenges and emerge victorious.
I want to bring a change in the world, however small, but positive. Like Tupac said, ‘As long as we try, maybe things will change'. Through Bloom, I believe, I could bring the changes and make a difference in the lives of the people and contribute to the discourse on mental health.
The real happiness is not to be loved but to give love. That's what I learnt as a wellbeing warrior. Every morning you wake-up, you let the past be past. Look for chances in the present so that you become better in the future. Make your day better, spread happiness with your smile and begin everyday with a sunshine.
I became a Wellbeing Warrior to motivate people about life and help them build confidence. I can help someone by simply being a friend who would listen without judgements. My interests lie in organising events to drive us away from our daily stress and workload.