Rates of mental health issues like depression and anxiety amongst kids have increased dramatically in the last decade. As per the National Mental Health Survey of India, nearly 9.8 million young (aged 13-17) Indians need active intervention to prevent mental health and behavioral issues. Despite the unnerving numbers, most authorities decided to turn a blind eye to the predicament for a very long time. This nonchalance further infected most parents and educators that seem to overlook the nourishment and protection of the supple minds of their young ones. Cold, hard facts and tidbits of knowledge, although important, do little to foster the mental and emotional growth of a child.

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