The MindBlooms Project

Member

Dhanishta Kowlessur


Local organization

JCI Beau-Bassin/Rose-Hill


National organization

Mauritius


Member

Dhanishta Kowlessur


Duration

From June 4, 2021 to June 4, 2023

Target

To enhance overall mental health and mental well-being in Mauritius


Target population

2000


Target avg age

29


People impacted

300


Root cause

Most programmes currently available focus one classroom experience and theoretical teaching only


Sustainable Development Goal

Good Health and Well-Being


Development stage

Health and Wellness


Purpose

To enhance overall mental health and mental well-being in Mauritius


Overview

Studies globally have shown worsening mental health concerns amidst university students. Contributing factors range from loneliness, uncertainties of the pandemic era such as limited job supply in the labor market, closures of academic institutions and thus weakening of protective factors (structure, daily routine, social life) to almost inaccessible and unaffordable professional support services. Data or reports on mental health outlook in Mauritius remains scarce. Various mental health experts also suggest that despite availability of support services, students either are unaware of them or do not feel safe or confident to reach out as mental health remains a taboo and may not be positively regarded by peers.
As part of MindBlooms Series under JCI Beau-Bassin/Rose-Hill which aims to develop the mental health space in Mauritius, this project attempts to understand the current adversities in the daily life of a university student and to help address them through different thematic sessions over a period of four months. This project also connects with pertinent global objectives such as the JCI Rise initiative to build resilient and sustainable economies to better weather the Covid-19 pandemic and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 of Global Health and Well-Being.


Results

Most universities in Mauritius do not have a robust mental health framework for university students to have resort to.

Thematic sessions have shown a high attendance of university students (over 100 attendees) and thus the need of more robust and fundamental mental health frameworks within such institutions. Many students have also shown even severe mental health illnesses, such as depression and suicidal tendencies.


Recommendations

The provision of affordable and accessible mental health services/framework within Mauritius.


Contact

+23057043099

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