Posted by Bob Anthony
Any Rotary club can replicate this successful mental health project, proven in the USA, Puerto Rico and India. This project is the first that was initiated with the help of the Rotarian Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives. Since its launch in Nigeria, the faculty from three schools have completed the training and one school has also trained teen mentors to co-facilitate the curriculum presentations to the students. The educational element can be implemented without grant funding because all the training and materials are online without cost.  Direct beneficiaries will be over 2,500 students in Senior Secondary Schools before September 2019. The sustainable elements include a referral protocol, experienced trainers, normalized conversations around depression, and the online training and curriculum (BreakFreeFromDepression.orgprovided by Boston Children’s Hospital. This project included funding in order to also provide clinical care and further professional training. 
Peer Leadership & Depression Prevention-Nigeria Bob Anthony 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
It began in 2015, when Vice-Chair of RAGMHI, Dr. Geetha Jayaram (RC Howard West), visited Dr. Vygintas Grini (RC Kaunas) in Lithuania to discuss the possibility of reducing the number of suicides in that country which has been approximately 9 times higher than other countries is the EU.  Dr. Jayaram spoke on, “The role of contemporary leader in the prevention of suicides” and agreed to help implement the project, provide consultations, and supervisions for project quality assurance for GG1743565.
Preventing Suicide in Lithuania 2018-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotaract Club of Kampala International University champion for this project is Bombokka Mpanga Ivan ( and the population served are girls attending Public schools in Uganda. Menstruation is a normal occurrence in every pubescent school-going girl and is associated with a variety of issues ranging from its physical symptoms to psychological effects such as anxiety, depression and inherent psychosocial stress.
Retaining the girl-child in school Bob Anthony 2018-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Tutoring in Rural Villages: The Need
Many barriers can make it difficult to attend school for children in rural Karnataka, India. For those who do attend, many children cannot stay in school without some tutoring help.   This appears insurmountable to families that do not know how to access help.
Some children become agricultural workers at a very young age when the family has debt. Some children have health problems that interfere with their school attendance. Some simply need help to catch up to classmates.
Ramnathh Siddi Community Centre 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
1 JULY Membership Dues
At the April Board of Directors meeting, a decision was made to bring all RAGMHI dues into line with the standard Rotary year.
Annual Membership Dues 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
A two-hour workshop was organised by RAGMHI, at CDS school on 25th September 2017 for students of Std 8, 9, and 10th along with their teachers. There were about 350 students and a dozen teachers.
Rita Aggarwal (Director RAGMHI and Manodaya), spoke on depression, its signs and symptoms among teenagers, the stigma attached to mental illness and the need to remove it.  She urged the students to understand this disease and learn to help themselves and their friends in trouble.
“Defeat Depression” Workshop - Chanda Devi Saraf School (CDS), Nagpur 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Tirpude College of Social Work - World Suicide Prevention Day Program 2017-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 12, 2017
At our Annual Meeting in Atlanta at the RI International Convention, Bob Anthony (Rotary District 7910) presented this successful mental health project in the USA, Puerto Rico and India to those in attendance.  The Rotary Club of Wellesley, Massachusetts is now seeking other Rotary Clubs to participate in a global grant bringing the program into Nigeria.
Find more on this project at:
Adolescent Wellness: Peer Leadership through Interact 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Global health, including mental health, has been a focus 'down under' in Australia for over a decade.

Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.

Rotary Health Programs Down Under bb 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Farrow

District 5450

My club, Boulder Valley Rotary Club in Colorado (US), has been active in a variety of local mental health projects over the last three years. 
In early 2015, a group of clubs that either had mental health projects or were interested in learning more created an informal committee we named Rotary Mental Health Initiatives. The committee includes MH professionals who are not in Rotary.
In December 2015, we organized a mental health expo in Denver, Colorado. 33 mental health organizations had booths. 550 people, mostly Rotarians, attended. The Governor of Colorado spoke about the State’s progress and plans regarding mental health resources. There was also a great speaker from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who told of her personal experiences dealing with mental health issues.  We think it was the largest public mental health education event in our state’s history. Feedback from participants was excellent. 
Stories from You! Bill Farrow 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita Aggarwal. Practising Psychologist, Nagpur, India
In the year 1992, a 15 day module on Life skills and personality Development was prepared for school children in the age group of 10 to 16 years. Another advanced module was prepared for undergraduate college students in the age group of 16 to 22 years. It was realised that formal school education seriously lacked the components of development of a good personality and psychosocial competence, as it focused mainly on school curriculum teaching and learning. 
Life skills and Personality Development Programme Rita Aggarwal. Practising Psychologist, Nagpur, India 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0