Chennai, 18th October 2019: The Department of Public Relations of Stella Maris College, Chennai in association with the Madras Social Service Society, organized a campaign on mental health and sanitation for underprivileged women and children at a slum in Central Park town, from 2pm – 5:00pm.
This initiative had been made to spread awareness on mental health and sanitation in slum communities and educate them about the stigma revolving around mental health and increase understanding of the same. This event also focused on raising funds for the unprivileged, to improve their standard of living.
The event was divided into two sessions – first for women, and second for children and adolescents. VJ Rakesh of Sun TV and Sun Music fame was the special guest. He inaugurated the camp and it went off to a glorious start. The first session was about mental health awareness among women which was conducted by Dr. Divya Karthick, a psychologist from Wow Mind and Behaviour Clinic in Chennai. She provided great insights on working women and their mental health issues that people like them would normally face.
The second session for kids was taken over by Ms. Pooja Srinivasaraja, Founder- OneLife NGO. She had an interactive session with about 150 kids and provided them with basic knowledge about mental health and extra insights on sanitation. The session was well received by the kids and was a fun session throughout.
The event was a grand success throughout, with the students managing to provide monthly rations for 20 families, sanitary pads for around 150 women, and snacks and refreshments for around 150 kids.
About Stella Maris College Stella Maris College is an Arts and Science Catholic Minority College run and governed by the society of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. The college was founded in 1947 and will be celebrating its Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Stella Maris aims at empowering young women from all backgrounds through education thereby also promoting social change and responsible citizenship. The institution also aims at fostering an inclusive community by bringing together different cultures to make learning vibrant and nourishing.