Mental Health

Supporting students’ mental and emotional wellbeing is one of our top priorities.

Student wellness is supported by initiatives designed to enhance mental health.

Mental wellbeing is a prerequisite for learning. Education cannot lead to success unless basic emotional and social needs are met. In today’s fast paced life, children need someone to talk to when they feel pressurised and overwhelmed. At IHS, we are passionate about helping students maintain a state of positive mental health.

At IHS, we make mental health and emotional well-being a priority for every student.

Healthy minds matter…

  • Two full-time, trained counsellors administer one-on-one as well as group counselling sessions at school. High school students are required to see the counsellor at least once a year; additional sessions may be required where necessary. In certain cases, parents may be mandated to seek support from an empanelled list of mental healthcare providers.
  • Ongoing assessment patterns reduce the stress of tests and examinations; experts from Fortis Hospital advise students of Class 10 on how to cope with exam stress.
  • Mindfulness classes train young minds to be cognizant of their surroundings and mindful of their behaviour and emotions.
  • Regular Life Skill classes adopt a Restorative Justice approach to conflict resolution
  • Since 1996, we have been partnered with Enfold India, the country’s leading personal safety education advocates, to conduct sessions with students of Classes 1-10 
  • We also partner with Address Health, a doctor-led provider of child healthcare services to over 200 schools across the country, to ensure that our students receive timely mental health interventions as necessary.

Early identification, early intervention

In the interests of detecting problem areas as early as possible, we work closely with the medical professionals at Address Health to implement a structured mental health program school-wide.

Each year, students, parents and teachers complete the SDQ, a brief emotional and behavioural screening questionnaire for children and young people that helps identify anomalies with inputs from multiple sources. This allows for early intervention and course correction, preventing more serious psychological issues further down the road. Trained psychologists conduct structured group interventions for students identified with issues like hyperactivity, poor impulse control, or difficulty in managing their emotions or peer relationships.

We proactively educate our students on mental health issues, covering topics  ranging from sleep hygiene to finding emotional balance to eradicating stigma. From time to time, we also conduct interactive sessions for our staff and for the parent community on effective and age-appropriate ways to ensure children’s emotional and social wellbeing.