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Calm India launches cognitive behavioural therapy to deal with declining mental health in the country

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 15:30 Hrs  [IST]

Calm India, a health tech start-up, has launched an initiative to spread awareness about depression and declining mental health in India. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) course has been launched to gain control of mind and build resilience to stress, anxiety and depression. The course will be conducted through a web series comprising of 14 episodes of curated therapeutic content of approximately 15 minutes each.
 
The 4-week online self-help course on Building Mental Resilience is tailored for everyone across the country.  It is a complete package which includes 13 episodes narrated by a young psychologist and a volunteer at Teach for India, Faraz Khan. The course is being conducted online to reach out to as many people as possible in the country.
 
In addition, this extensive solution includes a set of 23 compact audio books that help in building healthy thought patterns. The objective is to provide self-help online access to mental health solution that is very affordable to all. The entire course costs Rs. 399 only, said the company.
The company which is bootstrapped and funded entirely by the founders of Avalon Labs, run by ex-Jobspire CEO, Varun Mayya and ex-investment (IIFL) banker, Shashank Udupa. It was set up because India has only one therapist for every 4 lakh people going through mental health issues in India.
 
According to Shashank Udupa, Founder, Calm India in India, 93% of the population suffers from chronic stress and well over 1/4 th of the country suffers from depression. As a business, if we were hiring therapists, we’d still run into the issue of the imbalance between number of therapists versus number of mental health sufferers, so we’ve come up with a more scalable solution at a price that makes it really affordable for all the people in remote areas of India that neither have access nor have the purchasing power to spend on a therapist.
 
Our next step is to regionalize the content and have it dubbed into most of the popular Indian language, he added.

 

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SOHAN LAL Dec 9, 2017 9:34 AM
i study in CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY I WANT A HEALTHY INDIA i want a platform for mentally health india
 
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