The MINDS office is looking a little different during this year’s monsoon season! It is bustling with all sorts of new faces and activity.
Vasundhara, longtime staff member and social worker with us, has taken on a bigger role as Program Director. This summer, she successfully transitioned MINDS through our new partnership with the Live, Love, Laugh Foundation. We would also like to introduce a new MINDS staff and social worker, Chintan! Chintan is already doing great work in the field with his persistent and friendly attitude.
There are also three different groups of university students interning for the foundation. One, is the University of Washington GlobeMed’s GROW team from Seattle, Washington! They have been partnered with MINDS for 3 years now, and send a group of four interns each summer to build a relationship and do any needed work. This summer the interns will be setting up and giving presentations to English primary and secondary schools on anxiety, stress, and depression.
Two MPH students from Mt. Sinai are working with MINDS to conduct research on mental health awareness within the anganwadi and asha working communities! These two interns will collect 100 survey samples from both urban and rural areas, so they have a lot of work to do this summer. Finally, there are two new, year-long interns from Parul University. They are both working on a bachelor’s degree in social work. They are already an incredible asset to the MINDS team!
This large, new team is already hard at work on a few different projects. Stay tuned for more to come!