To increase awareness around mental health and help society cope with the stress of the global pandemic, Hinduja Foundation, the philanthropic arm of over a century-old Hinduja Group, co-sponsored a three-hour mental health awareness segment, Spotlight India, as part of the Never Alone Global Mental Health (Virtual) Summit. The event was organized in association with the Chopra Foundation, the John W Brick Mental Health Foundation, and CG Creatives. The show was curated by Satya Hinduja, Sound Artist, Futurist and Founder of Alchemic Sonic Environment – a deep listening experience designed to invoke states of reflection, receptivity and exchange.
This virtual Summit was streamed live on Facebook, YouTube, and other media platforms. Participants can also access free online tools to support their mental health and well-being through https://neveralonesummit.live/.
Co-hosted by Satya Hinduja, Sound Artist and Founder, Alchemic Sonic Environment, Poonacha Machaiah, CEO, Chopra Foundation and Gabriella Wright, Co-Founder of Never Alone Movement, Actress, and Activist, the three hour segment witnessed sessions of experts from the industry and spiritual leaders focusing on mental wellbeing and sharing stories of how people overcame issues like depression, stress and anxiety by reaching out for help and taking necessary action at the right time.
Prominent personalities were part of this nation-wide initiative. Sadhguru, Spiritual Leader and Founder of Isha Foundation; Dr Deepak Chopra, Founder, Chopra Foundation; New York Times Best Selling Author Radhanath Swami; renowned spiritual leader Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh,Dr Shantala Hegde, Assosciate professor Clinical Neuropsychology, NIMHANS, Dr Shekhar Saxena, Psychiatrist and Prof of Global Mental Health at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Veteran Actor and Padma Shri Awardee Dr. Mohan Agashe; leading YouTube content creator Ranveer Allahbadia, Holistic Lifestyle Coach Luke Coutinho, and Dr Tara Swart, Neuroscientist, Medical Doctor and best selling author, along with Paul Abraham, President, Hinduja Foundation were some of the notable speakers at the event who stressed on the importance of mental health.
Commenting on the initiative, Satya Hinduja, Sound Artist, Futurist, and Founder of Alchemic Sonic Environment, said ““The understanding of the intimate interconnectedness within any environment begins by deeply listening to ourselves, our families, our communities and our home – Mother Earth. We are never alone. Alchemic Sonic Environment was pleased to partner with the Chopra Foundation’s Never Alone Global Mental Health Summit for Spotlight India, a collective deep listening platform, merging the arts and dialogue to prioritize and raise awareness of mind-body medicine and to reveal and build new sustainable ecosystems for the future of a mental wellbeing culture.“
The first Never Alone Summit by the Chopra Foundation focused on protecting the mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals. The integrated platform was a shared place in humanity, to share stories of dealing with bad mental health and exchange lessons; working together towards building a holistic and healthy planet. With expert advice, straight talk and personal stories by motivational speakers, the objective of the initiative was to elevate moods, rebalance thinking, and boost resilience in these challenging times.