In a bid to create suicide prevention awareness, The Aditya Birla Integrated School (TABIS) and Mpower have collaborated for a campaign ‘Letters of Hope’. The awareness programme will aim to generate ‘hope’ through a series of positive messages expressed via a written letter, an awareness poster, a work/design of a hopeful art, symbol, message, quote.
The ‘Letters of Hope’ is initiated by TABIS students leading up to World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September. TABIS has invited communities, other schools and their students from grades 6 to 12 to participate in ‘Letters of Hope’ to generate hope and create awareness on a larger scale.
The campaign emphasizes on generating ‘hope’ through a series of positive messages expressed in creative forms and ways. TABIS and Mpower will appeal to their communities via various platforms to spread the word around.
Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson, Aditya Birla Education Trust, said, “Mental health concerns among children are increasing, especially behaviour disorders and suicides. Since suicide is one of the leading causes of death amongst teenagers, our educational system can play a key role in the prevention efforts, which must be comprehensive, sustained and integrated to create the desired impact on this alarming issue.”
Piya Marker, Director – Head of School(TABIS), said, “Hope is always something we feel we need, as adults, when life became stressful. It is our sense of hope in tomorrow that takes us bravely over the challenges or what we feel is impossible to overcome at that time. ‘Letters of Hope’ is our endeavour to share these positive experiences with anyone who needs to believe that this too will pass and it definitely does. The students of The Aditya Birla Integrated School along with their school counsellor initiated ‘Letters of Hope’ in 2019.