In Conversation with Ms. Neerja Birla- Founder & Chairperson, Mpower

By auther pic. CSRBOX

April 6, 2021

Mental health champion and a passionate educationist, Mrs. Neerja Birla is the Founder & Chairperson of Mpower, a movement that aims to affect a positive change in the attitudes towards mental health. Through Mpower, Mrs. Birla hopes to spread awareness about mental health, alleviate stigma, and provide quality care to individuals from all walks of life and from all sections of the community. She is also the founder and chairperson of Aditya Birla Education Trust that has established Aditya Birla World Academy, The Aditya Birla Integrated School and Aditya Birla Education Academy. An inspiring personality, Mrs. Birla is a progressive, dynamic and versatile woman, driven by her passions and an unwavering resolve to give back to society with a sense of responsibility.

In her conversation with Pooja Mathur from CSRBOX, she elaborates on the following questions:

  1. Being associated with so many institutions on varied themes and institutional expertise, is there a central motivation to the work you do and the impact you intend to create?
  2. Can you share a bit about the varied initiatives that you are associated with and how do you envision them creating a positive change in society?
  3. Talking about MPOwer, your organization that intends to start a dialogue on mental health to detach it from the stigma, how did this come into being and what strides has it made so far?
  4. How do you think we can minimize the stigma at a personal level or say in a family when it comes to creating a safe space for someone struggling with mental issues?
  5. What actions are you taking to scale the reach of MPOwer and make mental health support affordable and accessible for all? Be it through campaigns, partnerships, rephrasing the terminology or otherwise.
  6. Lastly, what challenges and opportunities do you see in the journey to creating a happier country where everyone can truly be who they are and not be judged or stigmatized?

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