September 10 is celebrated as World Mental Health Day the world over. In 2019, the theme for World Mental Health Day was ‘suicide prevention.’

With the rising number of suicides in India, especially student suicides, we organised a pop-up in one of India’s most reputed universities, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on the theme of suicide prevention.

With the hashtag #JustStay, we had a pop-up near the canteen of the university, where people would stop by to write a kind note for a stranger who may be struggling and drop it in the basket kept in front of them. Every person who stopped by would also pick up a note from the basket, dropped by other people. It was simple– take one, drop one.

We had a day full of wonderful conversations and kind messages with over 60 people stopping by at our pop-up.

We also made sure to spread the messages of hope on our Instagram feed for people who could not make it to the pop-up in person.

With love and hope in our hearts, we ended the day on an empowering note.

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