The Dainik Bhaskar Group is India’s largest newspaper group with a strong presence in radio and digital medium. Our extensive news network alerted us to a rising trend of teen mental health issues. Statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reveal that close to 40,000 students in India committed suicide from 2011 to 2015.
Based on these reports we started working with teenagers in mental health last year. The Dainik Bhaskar group collaborated with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences for Kota in Rajasthan to run a “Live Positive” campaign. Kota had been a hotbed for issues related to depression and suicide related issues owing to the aggressive academic pressure.
The campaign included student seminars and teacher workshops as well as an extensive awareness campaign through media. Based on the success of this year-long initiative, we decided to extend our work across the nation.
Subsequently, we commissioned a research study and conducted focus groups over several months with teenagers across the country. We found that teenagers face pressure from family, peers and society, and often cannot share their burden with anyone. As a result, they are not happy.
We came to the conclusion that there was a need of a safe space for teenagers to get information and express themselves freely. Research showed us that the most effective means for reaching as many young people as possible is through a mental health website. And, Teentalk was born.
Teentalk India.com is an emotional wellbeing website for teenagers between ages 13 to 19. A CSR initiative by the Dainik Bhaskar Group, we provide a safe, confidential and anonymous space for teens to get help for various issues ranging from academic pressure, bullying, relationships, depression, anxiety, and more. Teenagers can share their concerns with peers or get help from experts. The content has been created by experts in the field of psychology.
To promote mental wellness amongst teenagers, the country’s most important human resource, thus enabling them to fulfil their fullest potential - and fuel India’s journey into a path-breaking future.
To become a reliable online support for mental wellness amongst teenagers by creating a safe, relevant, non-judgemental space where they can feel free to express themselves.
To provide authentic information, tools and online assistance for mental wellness that will alleviate personal crisis and develop mental resilience, which in turn will affect development in all aspects of a teen’s life. To make this support easily accessible to the most number of young people in the country.