Welcome to Carpediem

Carpediem is an organization founded and led by women with a vision to destigmatize mental well-being. Acceptance for all is key to Carpediem, inspiring it to design services that cater to the needs of individuals across the age span and stakeholders involved. Services include : Assessments, Therapeutic Intervention, Capacity Building, Special Education Needs and Thought Leadership & Consultancy. The team comprises certified professionals and qualified experts. Its capacity building wing features a myriad of training programs and courses to help people upskill themselves in the Education and Mental Well-being space.

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Our Brand Story

We are not just a product of what happened to us,
But we have fought to become who we are.
- Inspired by Carl Jung

We are four women with a diverse set of skills, experience and expertise. Despite being based in different geographical regions, we have come together and are driven by a common purpose of extending mental well-being. Our objective is to destigmatize mental health, create awareness and make mental well-being and care accessible for everyone in society. We work towards striking the perfect balance between taking a holistic approach to mental healthcare and catering to the specific needs of individuals. We leverage active research and client feedback for the continuous improvement of quality.

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Why Choose Us ?

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Inclusive Portfolio

We cater to a wide range of demographics including children, parents & caregivers, corporates, educational institutions, professionals, couples and families.

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Customized Services

We listen to the ‘Voice of the Customer’, understand their specific needs and design programs to suit their requirements.

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Certified Professionals

Our team comprises certified professionals and qualified experts with niche expertise.

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Thought Leadership

We focus on constantly upskilling ourselves through contemporary research in order to contribute to the field of education & mental well-being.

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Capacity Building

Promoting mental well-being through advocacy and capacity building.

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Collaboration for Intervention

We collaborate with other allied professionals & organizations on a long-term basis to create synergies and offer greater value through holistic services to all those who reach out to us.

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Whom We Serve

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Children

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Educators, Administrators & Institutions

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Bachelor & Master Students

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Parents

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Professionals

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Corporates

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Caregivers

Founding Partners

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Archana Sharma, Ph.D.

Regional Head - North & East

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Debarati Basak, Psy.D.

Regional Head - South I (Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu)

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Tanvi Kulkarni Auradkar

Regional Head - Central & West I

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Vasundhara Kaul

Regional Head - West II (Mumbai, Gujarat & Goa) & South II (Andhra Pradesh & Telangana)

Partners in Progress

Recent Blogs

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Music needs no introduction or explanation for its use in therapy, but musical experience does. It is the experience that music creates that is therapeutic for the mind and body. It is important to understand the basics of how music is used as therapy in its capacity to be inclusive, integrative and responsive to deal with physio-psycho-socio-educational issues of day-to-day life.Music Therapy in Holistic HealthcareIn a holistic approach towards health, our physical and emotional well-being are conceived as intertwined. The distress caused by emotional factors is always linked with a chemical imbalance in the brain and body. Medication is a way to treat the condition of neurochemical imbalance. However, its side effects on many occasions are difficult to rule out. Music therapy as an allied healthcare practice can act as an agent to intrinsically stabilize or change the mood and emotion causing distress to the body.A young man of early 20s who had been admitted in a palliative care unit of a renowned hospital in a city in India for his last phase of treatment and care, shared his experience of music therapy in an introspective report as “music therapy helped me to adapt with the disease, taught me to prioritize spiritual dimension of life, it soothed me, helped me to develop the realization…when nobody around, I have my music… I am ready to accept the inevitable.”Music Therapy- What does it serve?There are several misconceptions about the practice of music therapy. First of all, the client doesn’t need to have musical ability to benefit from music therapy. There is a difference between traditional music-based healing and music as therapy, which is a multidisciplinary field of allied health science. It refers to the clinical and evidenced-based practise of music as a medium of therapeutic intervention by a trained and certified professional music therapist. Music or its elements are implemented through carefully designed therapeutic techniques to give a therapeutically appropriate experience within an evolving relationship between client and therapist. The process in clinical context includes the stages of assessment, intervention and evaluation with clearly stated individualized therapeutic goals and objectives.Music therapy as an approach is integrative and inclusive in the context of health care, can get involved in interdisciplinary treatment planning, evaluations and follow up. It is often used to support or facilitate the process and outcomes of other therapies like speech therapy, occupational therapy, special education etc. Because of the flexibility and adaptability of music as a medium of communication in therapy, it easily gains the attention and acceptance of clients. In children, the unique music experience in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner brings change to the behaviour, facilitates developmental skills and enhances the quality of life of the child and family.The other creative modalities, like dance and movements, arts, storytelling, role play, etc., are often integrated within the domain of music therapy practice, facilitate multisensory experiences. Music in the form of responsive therapy- medically, psychologically and socio-culturally, structured and adapted through musical elements, helps to build and strengthen the mutually responsive connection between therapist and client.Effects of Music Therapy on ChildrenIn my experience of practicing music therapy with children with special needs- music gives personal direct access to their World, facilitates unconditional acceptance by children, helps to form emotional bonding and secure attachment faster than any other medium. The overall positivity associated with the process of music-making in therapy accelerates the achievement of therapeutic goals and objectives.Often received comments from parents like -“my child waits for this session through the week” “my child is better adjusted in school.”“my child’s mathematical ability has increased after joining music therapy.” “There are lots of changes in mood and behaviour that helped my child to adjust with other therapies.”“ Music helped me to get involved more with the interventions that my son is going through..… I feel much secure now.” “I observe an overall positive change in my daughter in all aspects…I think it is due to the effects of music.”  Advantages of Music TherapySome of the unique features and advantages of music therapy for children suffering from any disability or emotional or behavioural problems includeEnhances imagination and creativity by giving space for creative self-expression at their level.Gives multisensory experiences as the brain as a whole receives and responds to music.Gives stability to gross and fine motor movements; body posture and balance.Encourages flexibility of thoughts and behaviours.Facilitates verbal and non-verbal communication skills in a unique manner.Develops awareness of the environment in a unique manner.Teaches utilization of space in social interaction.Indulges freedom as well as a sense of security in a musical context.Helps to develop emotional regulation.Helps to develop self-regulation.Boosts self-esteem.The melody and rhythm of music bind the child- therapist, child- family, child- peers through uniquely created musical experiences.Explores the cause behind a clinical symptom in a psychosocial context.Safely be used with children for the diagnosis of a problem.Music has no side effects! Directly linked to overall enhancement and upliftment of life and related conditions.The positive impact of music in people  lives encompassing a wide range of conditions and circumstances are well documented through research evidence.Music Therapy is a lot more than relaxation…. Music therapy functions at three levels- restoration, maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health. The therapeutic properties and applications of music can do much more than what we believe or simply associate with relaxation or unwinding emotions. Music therapy practice can be employed and integrated at a variety of places, including psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation centres, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centres, agencies serving developmentally disabled persons, community mental health centres, drug and alcohol programs, old age homes, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, schools, and even in private practices.

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Apart from the home atmosphere, a child is deeply shaped by the school experience. The teachers who form the core of their growing years leave an indelible mark on them, the memories they carry with them throughout life's journey. For this reason, parents and teachers need to work in tandem to ensure that the home is an extension of the practices and values imbibed in the classroom and vice-versa the only way to do that is for parents and teachers to communicate honestly and effectively. Children, even during the early years, are keen observers, and when they realize that their parents and teachers are communicating, they understand that everyone has their best interests in mind.  Parent-Teacher Communication-What is it?As a teacher, headmistress and parent myself, I have realized that communication serves as a bridge that helps develop a relationship that begins at the beginning of a school year and stays until the child moves to the next grade. Opportunities for parent and teacher communication can occur in person during the Parent-Teacher Meeting, events at school or even during pick up and drop off - especially in the Early Years scenario. Apart from this, teachers and parents can also reach out to each other via phone or email. Benefits of Effective Communication:For Parents:Anxiety and fear are words synonymous with children and parents, especially in early childhood development. The reason being that it is the first time children are stepping out of their comfort zone, and parents are slowly trying to come to terms with this transition. Regular and effective communication with the teacher at this juncture will help put your mind at ease and guide you to understand your child's developmental milestones, strengths and areas that need further development.For Teachers:At the beginning of each academic year, teachers too have their apprehensions and fears, and the first meeting with the parents helps build a bridge to remove them. The bond with parents helps create a learning environment where trust is nurtured, and both parents and teachers work together to focus on the child's well-being in their care. Tips for Parent-Teacher Communication – Important Strategies:Today, communication is possible through so many mediums, so it is good to review what worked for you and then add other new methods to the already existing ones to get a 360-degree communication model in place. For me personally, here are a few tips that worked wonders in reducing anxiety and creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation between the parents and the team. I believe that they will certainly help you too!Quick Daily Interactions: Children in the early years still comprehend the world around them and may not be able to put their thoughts into words coherently. Thus, quick interactions during pick up and drop are a good way to exchange verbal notes about the child's day. Diary Notes: If anything important is to be communicated, parents and teachers can also use the school diary to share notes. Both parties must make it a practice to check the diary daily and acknowledge the communication. Parent-Teacher Meetings: Usually scheduled once a month, a parent-teacher meeting is a good platform to discuss the child's progress. Being honest and respectful to each other and listening to understand the other person's perceptive with helpful in the brainstorming session and serve to create specific goals with definite timelines that will hasten progress. Phone Calls and Emails: In some cases, both the above scenarios may not work for parents because of their busy schedules. So here, a phone call or an email will help the teacher and parents connect. After the phone call, brief, simple discussions and documentation will serve as a reference for both parents and teachers! Very much like verbal communication, it is important to think before putting words together, as the message in the email will be decoded as per the reader's mood. Thus, parents and teachers are advised to proofread the document and check for any underlying tones before pressing the send button.Text Messages: Reminders for important events can be sent through text messages with clear details of the time, date and expectations. Parents can either RSVP using the same medium or send an email with the confirmation. Newsletters: This form of communication is welcomed with open arms by parents. They get a glimpse of the activities conducted and see how much their child enjoyed participating in the same. A monthly or quarterly newsletter with photographs and a crisp note documenting the event works to further strengthen the connection. Parents and teachers shape a child's learning experience, and perfect communication is the key to a stronger foundation! These tips are meant to guide you on this journey and are coupled with kind words. There is no way that you, as parents and teachers, can go wrong in shaping the lives of the children entrusted to you. Guest Blog - Contributed by Rachna B. GuptaKnow more about her in our consultant's section.

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Sounds great, doesn’t it? I remember the days when I looked up to WFH as a luxury and envied it. I believed one was productive by staying and working out of one’s comfort zone. However, this thought has changed completely with the lockdown scenario added. Moreover, I hear clients raising issues with the Pandemic - WFH arrangement. The concerns spelt often and the strategies worth giving a try:I am not able to draw boundaries between home and work. It’s both all day flowing into each other. Strategy -        While structuring your schedule in a the way that you have enough breaks to manage other work in between may not be possible all the time. -        Do not get into multi-tasking the office work with a household chore. This leads to divided attention and most of the time results in spending double the work to get the tasks done. -        Try changing schedules for what is in your control rather than trying to change it all at once.We end up arguing rather than spending quality timeStrategy -        Arguments happen when people do not agree with the other. Communication is the key. While everyone is put into erratic work timings since WFH began to try negotiating with work timings once in a while. -        Make them understand that there are family priorities as well that cannot be compromised with work every time. Learn to say ‘NO’ when it is absolutely difficult to manage work. -        Divide the house chores among the family members. Try shifting certain chores to weekends rather than squeezing them on the weekdays. -        Quality time is not just spending free time together, sometimes sharing a task and doing it together can turn into quality time as well. We are disturbed with each other’s work approaches Strategy-        The ones who are able to work in dedicated physical spaces within the home might sometimes even manage to be overproductive.-         Most of the times when you are sharing the room with another family member who is also working from home you might get disturbed with each other and this might reflect in your work productivity. Rather try tweaking the schedule and take turns while you both plan/ important calls. -        Understanding there are situations where you do not have the liberty to tweak, try and place your situation, that you might have a background interference and that it is not possible to gain control over it due to the lack of space available. Being a working mom I feel guilty about not being able to support my child during online school hoursStrategy-        While a child does not require adult supervision all the time there are instances when they require help. Teach the child to call out for help when required and whoever can manage to attend can be available for a brief time. Sometimes, it would be helpful to teach the child to make a note and discuss it with the parents when possible during the day. -        For the younger ones, a lot of schools offer recorded sessions. The parents can go through the recording while they help the child learn in their home study times. -        One does not have to feel guilty for prioritizing children overwork when absolutely necessary or vice versa as most of the situations are real-time. At times it may suit you to go with the choice of a career break or switch to prioritize family but at the end not feel guilty. Taking a break gets all the more important with the busy & mundane lives we have been living for more than a year. We need to be more empathetic with each other as everyone is affected in some other way due to the Pandemic. Take a day off from work and utilize the time with leisure activities and spend time on your hobbies. Carpediem would like to acknowledge the use of Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash

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Mental Well-being Bulletin

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Published in: India Times

LGBTQIA+ community in India has high rates of mental health concerns. Access to mental health resources is considered a key problem for LGBTQIA+ individuals. An app called Evolve aims to help sexual minorities in India deal with the challenges of "embracing your sexuality".The app's content is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) -a type of treatment that intends to identify and change underlying thought patterns.

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Published in: Independent.ie

Education Minister Norma Foley says a proposed new law approved by Cabinet yesterday may be used to ensure that schools open classes in September for children with special needs.The legislation will truncate the legal process available to the minister to compel a school to open a special educational needs class if they do not agree to do so. Currently the process – known as Section 37A – takes four to 18 months. The new law will cut that to six to eight weeks.The draft legislation approved by the Cabinet will be fast-tracked through the Oireachtas, with a view to being passed into law before the Dáil rises for the summer.

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Published in: Zee News

The US scientists have developed a blood test that can tell about depression and bipolar disorder in a person. Just as a simple blood test can help detect many diseases and infections like diabetes, thyroid, cholesterol, this new test can help detect depression and bipolar disorder. The Indiana University School of Medicine in the US has claimed that depression and bipolar disorder can be detected through a simple blood test.

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