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Prof. Nabhit Kapur

“I have always been a student of psychology since high school. I am intrigued by human behavior". The words of our mental health expect hero Prof. Nabhit Kapur from India.

Prof. Nabhit Kapur is the founder and the president of the Peaceful Mind Foundation. He started his organisation in 2016 with the vision of making psychology and mental health accessible to everyone.

Although he had no experience of how to manage and grow an organisation, the knowledge he had on mental health and the vision to share and make mental health accessible to the vulnerable communities has been his greatest drive through the hindrances and challenges of growing an organisation.

During the interview, he highlighted that mental health has always been there. However, the pandemic has made the necessity of mental health care to be visible. He was at the forefront of bringing mental health care to people during difficult times. Over the years, he has financed his organisation and managed to build a team that is now recognised internationally.

The organisation was only focusing on few parts of India. Today he is collaborating with international bodies and associations of psychology around the world, which has enabled him to grow professionally and provide a one-stop-shop for mental health.

“We used to have one on one sessions with our beneficiaries and hosted mental health workshops in public schools. When the pandemic arrived, we had to move digital, which made it difficult to reach vulnerable communities.

During the lockdown, he started three projects namely; peaceful mind mentors, a platform where people openly talk about mental health issues. World leaders of mental health, a platform that engages policymakers that are supporting the idea of mental health. Stress open mic-mental health karaoke, a group therapy, where people come together to discuss their issues and get ideas from the group.

During the interview, Prof. Nabhit Kapur answered mental health care questions and shared few tips with us, here is something to take home:

How to cope with self-isolation

  1. Start by accepting the situation. Acceptance will make you cope easily with self-isolation. Use the time to strategise about your future, learn new skills, and improve your work.

  2. Utilize this time to think about yourselves. Connect with your friends online

“Remember, it is not social distance because we can connect with our friends digitally, but it's physical distancing.

How to tackle anxiety the pandemic times

1. Spend quality time with family , if you have to be alone even then stay connected

2. Eat properly , sleep properly ( do not break routine)

3. Learn something new or time travel to your hobby

4. Limit your news exposure

5. Meditate and relax

Knowing your best friend is COVID-19 positive (Do’s and Don’ts to follow)

1. Don’t ask too many questions (How, Where, When, etc.)

2. Don’t critic (you should have taken precaution, etc.)

3. Talk often, ask them if there need anything

4. Relieve the anxiety by playing games or sharing photos

5. Don’t instruct them , they already know

How to manage the after effect of living in an era of COVID-19 when the pandemic is now over

"Firstly, acceptance is fundamental. You must first accept the new situation, don't rush to do what everybody is doing, but gradually adapt to the new normal at your own pace. Focus on yourself and do you."

Advise for anyone stating a similar organisation

"When you start a new organization, you will encounter hurdles, you must always remember you are not the only person doing it and won't be the last. It is important to never lose hope because when it gets difficult people tend to lose hope and quit. Remember it will take time for people to trust you, just give it your best, be hopeful, be confident and consistent."

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