Global Edition features Action Group

Photograph by Bernard Iruobe Anakhu
Photograph by Bernard Iruobe Anakhu
Out of the Shadows discusses the stigma of mental illness along with Rotary programs for prevention and earlier treatment (Rotary Magazine May 2021). It leads with the Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives and continues with clubs implementing its 'Wellness in a Box' toolkit to:
  • replace stigma with knowledge of prevention and treatment
  • communicate a protocol for referral
  • train existing school staff as counselors
Additional Rotary toolkits described include 'Don't Bottle it Up', the campaign founded by action group member Darren Hands. Go to the RESOURCES tab above to see the toolkits. You may view the full article in your print or online Rotary Magazine for May or through this link:
Global Edition features Action Group Bob Anthony 2021-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

3030 starts a District Action Group!

As the pandemic harmed mental health globally, District 3030 Governor, Shabbir Shakir, started a District Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives (DAGMHD) in June 2020. Rotarians began a series of activities for the benefit of different target groups, such as Interactors, Rotaractors, Rotarians and the general community. Individual clubs conducted activities in their community and several clubs joined in programs to reach a wider audience. Examples include:
3030 starts a District Action Group! Bob Anthony 2021-04-22 04:00:00Z 0


Click on the newsletter month to view or copy the file to share with your club.
You may also find practical projects that any club can replicate in the Rotary Showcase. To view them, type Mental Health Initiatives into the Key Word field and click the search icon.
Newsletters Bob Anthony 2021-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Safe Haven

A fine “Service Above Self” opportunity occurred in 2012 on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain when Southeast Louisiana Hospital, a large out-of-date state mental facility in Mandeville, was closed after more than 60 years. Soon the legislature sold the entire 300-acre complex of one-and-two-story, 1950s-style buildings to St. Tammany Parish. (A Parish in Louisiana is comparable to what a county is in the rest of the United States.) Multiple government agencies and non-profits saw this as an opportunity to usher in a 21st century center for caring that is a shining light for mental health communities throughout the U.S. and the world. The newly named “Safe Haven” is a multi-year project to create a collaborative healing environment for the behavioral health continuum by creating a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of care anchored in St. Tammany Parish.

Safe Haven Darren Hands 2020-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

“WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY- The lessons from Corona”

“WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY- The lessons from Corona”
BY Rita Aggarwal
Of the few positives that Covid -19 seems to have thrown up for the world at large, one of the major benefits is the fact that it has thrown the mental health concerns centre stage. Every person on this earth has suffered and is suffering mentally and psychologically if not physically. Physically ten percent of the world population has suffered the virus, but the mental impact has been extensive and intensive too. A decade ago, WHO had declared that a silent pandemic of ‘Depression’ is going on globally and will strike the world in a big way in 2020 when it will be known as the second leading cause of death after CVDs (heart diseases). Little did WHO know that Covid 19 will strike as a pandemic resulting in depression multiplying.
“WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY- The lessons from Corona”  Darren Hands 2020-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary GB&I Magazine

The April/May magazine for Rotarians in Great Britain & Ireland featured a number of articles on Mental Health issues - including an interview with former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Frank Bruno.
Our thanks to Editor Dave King for allowing us to share this magazine.
Click on the image to view a copy online.
Rotary GB&I Magazine Darren Hands 2020-08-10 04:00:00Z 0

Domestic Violence Support

During these difficult times during the Covid pandemic, many people will be suffering from Mental Health issues in some form or another.  It has been seen that during lockdown and the current time, peoples’ mental wellness has been affected and in some cases, this can result in Domestic Abuse occurring.

Domestic Violence Support Darren Hands 2020-08-05 04:00:00Z 0

Peer Leadership & Depression Prevention-Nigeria

Posted by Bob Anthony
Any Rotary club can replicate this successful mental health project that has been proven by communities in the USA, Puerto Rico, India, and Nigeria. Where appropriate, Rotarians have translated its supplemental materials into local languages including Spanish, Hindi, Kannada, and Marathi.
PLDP-Nigeria was initiated by the Rotary clubs of Wellesley and Ibadan Idi Ishin with the help of the Rotarian Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives. The resource is described in the RAGMHI Toolkit-Wellness in a Box (  In the first year, eight schools in Nigeria trained faculty, parents, and 1,824 teens where improvements were measured in Knowledge, Negative attitude, and Confidence in help-seeking. Grant funding is not mandatory because the core training and content are online without cost from Boston Children’s Hospital (; the sustainable elements include a referral protocol, experienced trainers, and normalized conversations around mental health and wellness. If grant money is made available, it can be put to excellent use by adding clinical care - the implementations in Puerto Rico, southern India, and Nigeria were completed through Rotary global grants that provided a traveling clinician to support each participating school during the implementation year and to identify ongoing resources. A planned implementation in central India will also increase capacity of providers by training two dozen M.A. Psychology students as school counselors.
Peer Leadership & Depression Prevention-Nigeria Bob Anthony 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

Preventing Suicide in Lithuania

Suicide prevention model and its application in the municipalities of Lithuania – SUPREME AIM” is one of the core priorities in the long-term program on suicide prevention of the Rotary International District 1462. The beneficiaries are 350,000 inhabitants in 99 elderships who now have a functioning suicide prevention system and improved access to psychological help.
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

“Defeat Depression” Workshop - Chanda Devi Saraf School (CDS), Nagpur

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

Rotary Health Programs Down Under

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

Stories from You!

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

Life skills and Personality Development Programme

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