An estimate of more than 11 percent of the global population suffers from mental health-related issues. Due to the lack of awareness, inadequate resources and personal assistance/guidance, insufficient knowledge of coping mechanisms for different mental illnesses, people are choosing unhealthy and toxic lifestyles that further worsen the situation and in the worst-case scenarios, they commit suicide. It is heart-breaking to learn that globally more than 800,000 people commit suicide every year due to mental health issues and substance abuse. Though many organizations are constantly working to end this problem, mental health is still an existing taboo in our society. People still feel embarrassed and face difficulty communicating and reaching out for help.
With Project C, we aim to provide easy, fast, and secure platform where anyone with mental health-related issues can avail of our various services and can get instant support. We also offer a safe community to communicate with one another and boost communal support, educate the public, private and educational institutions, societies, and communities about recognizing, understanding, and educating coping mechanisms of various mental illnesses to relieve the stigma encompassing mental health-related topics.
All our work is predicated on the belief that no one should have to face crisis alone. At our center, we build strong, lasting relationships with victims that seek our help. All services available to our community are based on shared understanding and collaboration. If you are going through a crisis, please know that you are not alone. We are here to help.
OUR FOUNDER'S STORY
It all started with a conversation that I had with my best friend, Harini Punnamraj. In the wake of covid, the importance of mental health suddenly rose and people started talking about it. I was complaining about how helpless I feel when someone suffers from mental health issues, which sometimes even leads to self-harming behavior. I mockingly told her that the problem is people just talk and will soon forget about it. No one actually cares about mental health. To which she replied "isn't it the same with you? If you know the problem why wait for someone else to solve it? Instead, why don’t you do something about it? I know you can do it." This hit me. She was absolutely right as always and perhaps this way, we can help people rather than mere complaining and by taking action ourselves, we can set an example for others to follow. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, and suicide is one of the leading causes of death. People with severe mental health conditions often die prematurely. Despite progress in some countries, people with mental health conditions often experience severe human rights violations, discrimination, and stigma. I believe that this needs to be changed and my best friend believes in me. That’s how Project C Foundation was born, an organization that aims to provide everyone with mental and emotional support, raise, educate, and spread the importance of mental health wellness to end the stigma associated with it which unfortunately still exists in the 21st century.
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General Secretary, Operations