Interview

Interview with Team Maanseekh : MaanSeekh focuses on creating awareness and educating people on topics related to mental health.

Founder - Rijul Gupta

 

  1. Tell us about your initiative MaanSeekh? And the work that it does?

MaanSeekh focuses primarily on creating awareness and educating people on topics related to mental health. It seeks to break the stigma that has been lingering on in our society for ages.

I believe that even a small step like educating the masses on such crucial topics can go a long way.

MaanSeekh is always making gradual and constant efforts towards our main goal: creating awareness and spreading positivity.

  1. What inspired you to start MaanSeekh?

In my second year of college, when I looked around at the people around me and took a look at myself as well, I discerned that this is a pressing issue in our society today. However, it is not put up on the tables for discussion owing to the huge stigma that comes with mental illness. These issues are laughed off thereby making people feel ashamed to come out and talk about it.

Having struggled with it myself, mental health holds a very special place in my heart. I can understand how ‘small’ things can have a larger impact. I realized the importance of mental health and I understood how crucial it is.

I was urged to do something about it and hence, I started a mental initiative called ‘MaanSeekh – by you, for you.’

 

  1. How your team is planning to help College Students and Others with your Initiative?

Earlier in the year, we had collaborated with an NGO, Sangati Foundation, that caters to disabilities, both physical and mental to help raise funds. Fortunately, we ended up raising a huge sum for their organization.

In a world where social media plays a crucial role in influencing human beings, we have been making use of it by posting about relevant mental health issues and coming up with activities that can help bring positivity.

Our campaigns range from informative posts, fun activities, challenges to positive affirmations.

We have even provided live sessions by mental health experts to our audience in order for them to get a deeper understanding.

 

  1. Does your initiative address Mental Health across all the Age Groups? Tell us how.

Yes, definitely! MaanSeekh addresses mental health and the prevalent issues across all age groups. We speak about common problems faced by all age groups such as anxiety, stress and overthinking and mental health specifically catering to the youth and the elderly, both.

  1. How do you measure the success of MaanSeekh Initiative?

I wouldn’t want to say that MaanSeekh has succeeded in its goals. It’s on its path, we have done and are doing and will continue to do our best to help society at large. However, I don’t feel we can measure our success.

If even one person benefits from this initiative, I would know its making a difference.

  1. What are the biggest challenges of starting and running a not for Profit Initiative?

I would say the biggest challenges of starting and running a not for profit inititative would be the lack of funds initially and the fact that the initiative is unknown to people and hence becomes harder to get an audience, to get community support and to gain credibility.

  1. What are the 5 things you’d exclusive tell Everyone about Mental Health?

5 things I’d like to tell everyone about mental health are:

  • Don’t rush healing, it takes time
  • Always make your mental health a priority
  • It’s a rollercoaster, not all parts of your mental health are going to be pretty
  • Mental health isn’t a sign of weakness
  • Do not invalidate yours or anyone else’s mental health
  1. What plans do you have for the future?

I would like to expand MaanSeekh in order to reach a wider audience and help spread mental health awareness to rural areas as well. I would like to raise funds so that mental health facilities can be provided to the underprivileged as well.

I want to conduct off ground sessions once the situation gets better and even onboard psychologists to provide free sessions!

  1. How could those interested find out more about your Initiative? How can people Join and contribute towards your Initiative.

Those interested can visit us at @maanseekh on all social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) to join us in breaking the stigma.

You can also contact us via email at maanseekh@gmail.com.

Our website www.maanseekh.org will be up soon as well!

If you want to be contribute to this initiative, you can drop a text on MaanSeekh’s instagram or email us at maanseekh@gmail.com or visit our website to volunteer .

Come out and break free from the unnecessary shackles of this stigma. 

  1.  Any other message you would want to provide or talk about?

I believe that if one wants to speak up about their personal struggles with regards to mental health, they should. In fact, we are open to listening to you and your stories. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Sharing your story will not only help you, but also empower those who might be going through something similar or even worse.

 

About the Founder – 

Rijul Gupta is a final year undergraduate majoring in International Business from Symbiosis, Noida.

She is the founder of MaanSeekh, a mental health initiative, which works towards raising awareness and educating people on the topic of mental health. It seeks to break the stigma that has been lingering on in our society for ages.

Talking about these issues is accepting the need to take these issues to a public space, being aware of the probability of this happening to those close to us, and sometimes even seeking formal help. She believes that we need to come out and break free from the unnecessary shackles of stigma.

She hopes to continue making a change and impacting as many lives as possible.

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