Don Bosco Prafulta, Centre for Psychological Wellness, organized a Mental health Mela (Fest), at St. Dominic Savio Grounds, Sher-e-Punjab, Andheri (East) in Mumbai, on 22 January.
The event, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ (KKKG), a Celebration of Feelings, was organized with an idea to de-stigmatize mental health, associate it with activities of daily life and suggest ways to enhance mental health.
Father Godfrey D’Sa SDB, Founder and Executive Director of Prafulta, organized this event to make community and group-based mental health experiences more accessible to all through Dance and Art Therapy, Story Telling, Career Guidance, Parenting, Games and much more!
The yearly event is named Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ (KKKG), a Celebration of Feelings, after a famous 2001 Bollywood movie and title song, which literally means, at times happy, at times sad.
Fr. Savio Silveira, SDB, Salesian Provincial of the Province of Mumbai presided over the vent and and Ms Poonam Chandok, HR & CSR Head of Larsen & Turbo Energy Hydrocarbon (LTEH), inaugurated it.
Nearly fifty Mental Health Caregivers got together to create fun-filled activities for children and their parents. Eighty psychology students from St. Xavier and Nanaviti Colleges facilitated the event. Two thousand children along with their parents participated.
Prafulta was founded in the year 1998 and is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year.
The name Prafulta implies exuberance, abundance, wholeness, and aims at bringing Psychological Wellness through meaning, purpose, and abundance in the lives of people!
Prafulta provides psychiatric services, psychometric testing, psycho-educational assessment, counseling (face-to-face and online), career guidance, remedial education, occupational therapy, support groups, several training programmes and a host of workshops for different categories of people to enhance the emotional quotient in society and encourage people to live healthy and happy lives.
Prafulta also offers training courses for professionals, several community outreach programs in schools and community centers in the city of Mumbai.
Looking back at Prafulta’s 25-year-journey, D’Sa stated, "Our focus, as Mental health Caregivers, is to restore dignity and hope, de-stigmatize mental health and encourage people to access help and treatment available in order to live life in all its fullness.”
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