A high priority challenge for parents and teachers in Kerala these days is the lack of interest shown by children in their studies and the high interest and time spent by them on social media networks. The addiction to social media results in attention deficit disorders and the lack of enthusiasm and focus leads to learning disabilities. Increased awareness and availability of drugs and other addictive substances leads to substance abuse, violence and behavioural issues. As per the 2015-16 National Mental Health Survey conducted by an eminent group led by NIMHANS doctors found that huge investment is required to address these issues and the use of new technology innovations like online counselling and the need for private entrepreneurs is required to address this huge social challenge in the coming days in Kerala.
The survey also points to the lack of trained experts and the infrastructure bottlenecks to deliver their services to the required parties. With the advent of artificial intelligence and digital revolution, new players have entered the field of medical innovation which resulted in reduced cost and higher quality and products in many fields of healthcare in the world. Mental wellness is an area abandoned by these innovators. eYogi.in is a startup based at Nasscom 10,000 Startup Warehouse in Kochi, Kerala, which tries to address the mental wellness area using the new technology solutions to address the lack of trained experts, lack of availability of these trained counselors to the needy due to the limited infrastructure and the social stigma associated with mental health issues. eYogi.in intent to use latest technology solutions such as Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Mobility, Wearable devices etc to augment the availability of trained experts and to make their services available to the nook and corner of the country.
Introducing Online Counselling in Kerala
eYogi.in has entered into a strategic alliance with SEDDAC, a multifaceted NGO operating from Kochi for more than a decade. They are operating with the motto of ‘Helping People to help themselves’ in delivering social uplifting activities in the most backward and needy communities in Kerala. SEDDAC helps in liaising with the experts in this area and act as a motivator for anxious parents and students to take up the services from the firm. eYogi.in is making sure to include a good number of counsellors who speak Malayalam so that the service can be accessed by common people in Kerala.Introducing eYogi.in - A new age Mental Wellness Startup from Kerala Click To Tweet
In their initial service offering, eYogi.in is bringing telephonic counselling to students and parents to address their issues. The first batch of counsellors will undergo training in new technology uses, familiarising them with the platform, latest techniques and methods in the mental wellness counselling etc at the eYogi.in office on March 24/25. This 2 days intense training session is attended by 20 experts from student and family counselling across the state. They will discuss the problems and challenges faced by the community, deliberate on the new tools and methods which can be adopted in the telephonic delivery of the counselling services, review the new findings from eYogi.in for developing into next phase of their solution set.
The training sessions will be conducted by Binumon K V, who has extensive experience in counselling and has worked for many years in the Psychology department as a lecturer in leading medical college in Kerala. eYogi.in plans to introduce the new platform for Online Counselling to the student community in Kerala from May 2018 and plans to apply for the patent to the new innovative techniques they are planning to introduce into this niche area of development.