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Informative Session on “Mental Health First-Aid”

On Monday 11th September 2018, an informative session on “Mental Health First-Aid” for the students of Department of Social Work, Pondicherry University was held at Seminar Hall(1st floor), School of Social Sciences & International Studies, Pondicherry University. The event was organised by Mr.Francis(Fellow – Puducherry Youth Helpline) as part of Puducherry Youth Helpline’s suicide prevention awareness events. Prof.A.Shahin Sultana(Professor Dept. of Social Work) gave welcome address. ‘Mental Health First Aid’ session was facilitated by Ms.Erinda Shah (Founder & Managing Director, MHFA India) and Dr. Alphonsa George (Program Officer, MHFA India). The session was concluded by Mr.Francis with his vote of thanks. Around 120 Students were attend the session.

On 2nd September 2018, the monthly planning and review meeting was held at TYCL office (First Sunday of every month, there will be monthly review and planning meet for volunteers at Trust for Youth and Child Leadership office to review last month activities and plan for current month activities). 16 members were attended the meeting. The entire meeting was facilitated by Ms.Sivasankari.

As per regular flow, the meeting started with reflection on the topic of “Kerala flood and disaster management towards it”. That was a informative discussion for 25 minutes and concluded by Dr. Siva Mathiyazhagan(Founder of TYCL). He concluded that “Other state people gave their fund or contribution directly by the online portal of Kerala Government, Government of Kerala was very keen that what are the products was needed for their people and how to distribute the collected products to the needy, Kerala disaster is reminder that the importance of nature to all over the Indian ”.

Then the meeting turned into review and planning for the following projects/process: N’Kana, Puducherry Youth Helpline, International Youth Day, INAGI, Administration, Finance. And the respective coordinators to the above projects gave their august month updates, activities planned to do in current month.

1. Mr. Rasaiya (N’Kana fellow) updated that the regular meetings were held between the children and volunteer, they are undergoing Eco-system based leadership training with proper documentation and the challenges facing by the volunteer. For this month, we have planned to find different professional mentors for the children. And people gathered in the meeting was gave their suggestions towards it.
2. Mr. Francis (Puducherry Youth Helpline fellow) shared

  • Totally 24 calls were received by Helpline fellow. In that 7 needy calls got benefited and 14 needy in progress.
  • On second week of August, Kanthari has visited TYCL office and assured to improve the accessibility level (blind people) of TYCL official website.
  • And he requested volunteer support for this month process schedule.

3. Mr. Joyson (International Youth Day Mentor) shared the impacts of IYD event which was held on 11th August 2018. He updated the account details of IYD and book launch. Reviews of “She Tales” book in Flipkart.
4. Mr.Saravanan(Eco System Based Leadership) said they conducted the training program for N’Kana children. Eco system based Leadership training was completed in JOLY Home and they are checking the availabilities of children in other homes. Dr. Siva Mathiyazhagan suggested some modules to Eco System team.
5. Dr. Siva Mathizhayagan(INAGI Mentor) updated that 8 homes got current supply and planning to conduct Medical camp. Swelling Foundation showed their interest in building Community Hall.

At the end, meeting was bind up with gratitude practice and next meet will be on 7th October 2018.

On Sunday 9th September 2018, TYCL has organized Signature Campaign on “Suicide Prevention Day” as part of Puducherry Youth Helpline Program at Puducherry Rock beach (opposite to Gandhi statue). The campaign was inaugrated by Ms.Rachna Singh, PPP (SP East, Puducherry) with presence of Dr.Siva Mathizhayagan(Founder, TYCL). The event was coordinated and by Mr.Francis(Puducherry Helpline Fellow) and Mr.Rasaiya(N’Kana Fellow). Around 2O Volunteers were participated.

The campaign was started by 5PM and closed by 9PM. Around a thousand of people including family, children, youth came forward to write their words and signed against suicide. Also Puducherry Youth Helpline number(0965507090) was displayed and posted the 5 preventive steps against suicide.

Inside Out - Special Talk on 'Suicide Prevention'
Every year, more than 8,00000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Puducherry is four times higher than national average, has been stable since 2000. According to 2015 National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) Report, Puducherry secured top in the country highest suicide death. The same report reveals that 68% of the victims are in the age group of 14-35 years. This number confirms the WHO data, showing that the age groups of 15-29 and 30-44 are the most vulnerable in Puducherry. In addition to this, for every suicide, there are 7 to 10 suicide attempts. These figures present massive loss to societies of young people in their productive years of life and the magnitude of youth suicide as public health burden.

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) observes world suicide prevention day on 10th September every year. According to that Youth Helpline – TYCL and NSS have organized a Suicide Prevention awareness program for the college NSS students on 8th September 2018, Saturday 10.00AM at Conference Hall, Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Centenary Educational Complex, Puducherry in order to observe World Suicide Prevention Day -2018 emphasising on Zero Youth Suicide in Pondy -2030. This program is also emphasise about positive mental health and practices. Around 50 NSS volunteers were attended. The program was facilitated by Mr.Francis Kulandai Raj, Fellow – Puducherry Youth Helpline and Mr. Rasaiya, Fellow – TYCL with the support of Dr.P.Kolandasamy, State NSS Officer and Dr.E.Devabalane, Programme Co-ordinator NSS(Colleges). Young People who are in need and risk can get in touch Puducherry Youth Helpline – 09655507090.

Two days workshop on “ECO-SYSTEM BASED LEADERSHIP PROGRAM” was held at Ilangyargal School, Auroville for the children and volunteers for N’KaNa Project. Also the rural children from the Edayanchavadi village were participated.  So this workshop was designed to create awareness about the Eco-system for the N’KaNa children as well as volunteers. As expected, we got positive feedback from children and volunteers in terms of learning at the end of the workshop.

Around 35 children and youth were engaged in this event.

The workshop were covered the components of eco-system by engaging the children and youths(volunteers) through interactive sessions and activities. The sessions were listed below:

  • Self and Our Dream
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Community
  • Society
  • Political and Governance System
  • Education and Work
  • Environment

TYCL and France Volontaires Inde is organising an open door space in the premises of Alliance Française de Pondichéry to create an opportunity to build a synergy between Local student volunteers, NGOs and foreign volunteers. This event would basically provide a stage to invited NGOs and foreign volunteers to disclose their projects & experience. And importantly it also provides a space to local student volunteers to explore the activities of NGOs.   

Objectives of the event:

  • To build a connection between existing NGOs and the new student volunteers.
  • To raise awareness about “The importance of Ethical Volunteering” and about  “The risk of Voluntourism”
  • To create an opportunity for student volunteers to explore the activities of NGOs.
  • To allow potential volunteers to find a project.
  • To provide a platform for NGOs to promote and showcase their programme.



2.Exhibition of NGO’s works and activities with stalls.

3.Session about the exchanging of resources and knowledge among the NGOs.

4.Volunteer experience sharing session.

5. Screening and reflection about Voluntourism.

Participated Organisations:

  • Pondy Can
  • Village Community Development Centre
  • Sathya Special School
  • Baby Sarah’s home
  • Sristi Village

Total Visitors:

Around 100 people were visited

On Sunday 5th August 2018, the monthly planning and review meeting was held at TYCL office( First Sunday of every month, there will be monthly review and planning meet for volunteers at Trust for Youth and Child Leadership office to review last month activities and plan for current month activities). 13 members were attended the meeting including 4 new volunteers from Pondicherry University. Mr. Rasaiya(N’KaNa Fellow) who had facilitated the entire meeting.

The meeting was started with reflection on the topic of “How to handle EGO between organizations working for the same social cause”. The discussion took 20 minutes concluded by Mr. Francis(Puducherry Youth Helpline Fellow). The conclusion says “The Person/Organization who are working for the social cause should have broad mindset to accept/appreciate others work if it is ethical, should be ready to explore & learn from others, should not have superiority & inferiority complex”.

Then the meeting turned into review and planning for the following projects/process: N’Kana, Puducherry Youth Helpline, International Youth Day, INAGI, Administration, Finance, Communication & Fund Raising. And the respective coordinators gave their July month update also they were planned their August month activities.

1. N’KaNa updates were new logo and posters were designed. Volunteer open house was organized to mobilize volunteers for N’KaNa.

2. Puducherry Helpline update were

  • Totally 33 calls were received by helpline fellow( 10 Female, 17 Male). Out of 33, 16 needy youth were benefited and 10 requests are pending.
  • Helpline fellow presented paper on “Advocating for Social Protection of Youth at Risk: Lesson Learned from Puducherry Youth Helpline” in an International Conference on Achieving Youth Specific SDGs: Key Challenges and Policy Responses at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development – RGNIYD.
  • Presentation about the helpline was held at Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering and Technology & Presentation in Shree Krishna College of Engineering and Technology.

3. INAGI update was the Aathiyan Community got electricity supply, water supply and road facility.

4. International Youth Day updates were

  • Application closed for Young social change maker award and jury panel was held at Satya Special School.
  • Pre-event activities and event schedule were planned.

Meeting was Ended with gratitude practice and next meet will happen on 2nd September 2018.

On 21st January 2018, Eco-System Based Leadership program was held for children of New Era Child Collective(CC). The session was taken under the topic of “Recreation”. Around 18 members including 13 children were participated. Volunteers Ms.Nivetha and Mr.Arvindh had facilitated the entire program. Children had shared their way of recreation. Importance of recreation through physical and skill based Recreation activities was shared by Ms.Nivetha. Evolution of Recreation was shared by Mr.Arvindh. Impact of technologies & gadget in recreation was shared by Mr.Sivaramakrishnan(Volunteer). Also an activity was conducted to bring awareness about the need of recreation. The session was concluded with feedback session for children.

On 28th January 2018, Eco-System Based Leadership program was held for children of New Era Child Collective(CC). The session was taken under the topic of “Environment”. Around 20 members including 15 children were participated. Volunteer Ms.Kousalya had facilitated the entire program. The program mostly covered the importance major environmental aspects like water, pollutions, agriculture etc., Also an activity was conducted to bring awareness about saving water. The session was concluded with feedback session for children.

Trust for Youth and Child Leadership is conducted Youth Harvesting program for both students and existing volunteer. It is a 3 rd year of Youth Harvesting Program. It is two days event which is fully for volunteer and planning for a year upcoming events. This year, event is organise at Co-Operative College of Education, Puducherry. On 13 th Saturday, morning registration is completed and Ms. Yuva Yazhini facilitated the whole event. First, Shiva Mathiyazhagan spoked about Trust for Youth and Child Leadership. Ms. Vidya mam is initiated a program and by following her Mr. Musee Pugazhendhi started. He is a man who will create positive vibration by making fun among the audience. He discussed about types of human mind like Conscious, sub-conscious and Unconscious which will depends on student listening. It differs like Pseudo listening is which person will act like listening, Selective listening in which person listens very selectively like what is needed or interested to that person, Aggressive listening is type of anger and emotional listening. Finally defensive listening is making them to confuse personally. After his speech, hall gets enthusiastic. After tea break, Refreshment activity is done for maintaining conscious among people. Volunteers watched Ganam short film and shared their thoughts about that film. Different thought are shared and discussed which creates emotional and responsibility among people. And existing volunteers parents are invited for next session. Parents shared their expectation towards their children. The main point came from them is, their children is to discover something and help the society other than studies. And finally, Shiva Mathiyazhagan concluded the session with gratitude for parents.

On 14 th Sunday morning, feedback of Saturday event is collected from gathered people. Mr. Kurinjivendhan discussed on issues related to Environment and sustainable lifestyle. He shared many experience about his life and shared many history of tamil songs and revolution towards it. He shared the life of traditional dancers(Theru Koothu) and issues faced by them during their performance like makeup, setup, practising, dialogue preparation etc. After his speech, volunteers are interested in traditional dancing and singing. Mr.
Murugavel discussed about relationship between environment and human life. He shared many aspects of human living on the basis of nature. He described hierarchy of natural system like cloud, tree, river, pond etc. After his discussion, Mr. Francis Kulandai Raj shared his experience of planting and his relation towards plants in his home. After lunch, mentors described about all projects and events. Then new volunteers is approached their interested events mentor. They discussed about their events and prepared one year proposal for their event. And they presented their estimation to all people and certificates are distributed to all volunteers. Shiva Mathiyazhagan thanked Ms. Chandramathi and Mr. Hari for coordinated this event and event bind up with group photo.