SCEW Capacity Building


Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an immediate, empathetic response to emotional distress or crisis situations. It involves active listening and reassurance to help individuals feel safe and supported. PFA emphasizes promoting resilience and coping strategies during challenging times, offering timely and compassionate assistance for mental and emotional well-being. SCEW offered a series of training opportunities in PFA to the community by collaborating with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.


SCEW conducted workshops and awareness sessions for IISER with the aim of creating a strong foundation of mental health awareness on campus. Sessions on mental health sensitization and workshops on Psychological First Aid were conducted for their staff, students and faculty. These initiatives help the stakeholders identify signs of psychological distress and offer humane, supportive and practical assistance to those in need.


With the aim to equip mental health professionals, teachers, principals and supervisors with the knowledge and skills to facilitate healthy student culture on their respective campuses, SCEW conducts workshops and ‘train the trainer’ programs for the stakeholders of different colleges.

SCEW Research:

Policy Mental Health Interventions for Higher Educational Institutions

Mental Health has a vital impact on quality of life. Overall there has been a rise in mental health challenges in the youth population. However there is no specific public or private health system in place to cater to the needs of this age group in India. A large segment of the youth population are enrolled in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country. HEIs can play an important role in supporting young adult mental health. Authors Dr Girija Mahale, Tahera K. Lokhandwala and Dr Nidhi Purohit have co authored a policy with recommendations for mental health interventions that can be replicated across India drawing insights from experiences with SCEW.



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