First Lady: Neerja Birla on raising awareness about mental health, effective parenting

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Through numerous initiatives and collaborations with various organisations, Mrs. Neerja Birla
endeavours to reach out to various factions of society in order to empower them to lead fulfilling
and enriched lives.
She is the Founder and Chairperson of Mpower, a movement that aims to affect a positive change
in the attitudes towards mental health. Through Mpower, Mrs. Birla hopes to spread awareness
about mental health, alleviate stigma, and provide quality care to individuals from all walks of life
and from all sections of the community.
She is a strong advocate in the field of education. Her endless love for children is reflected in her
dedication to her role as the Chairperson of The Aditya Birla World Academy, which is a pioneering
educational institute. In line with her staunch focus on the holistic development of children. It has
been ranked the 3rd best international school in Mumbai and the 6th best international school in
the country.
Mrs. Birla is also the Chairperson of The Aditya Birla Integrated School, which provides state-of- the-art holistic and personalised learning environment to children with learning and intellectual
disabilities. It has been ranked as number 1 in India under the Schools for Special Needs by
EducationToday.co.
In her latest foray into building a holistic education base, Mrs Birla founded the Aditya Birla
Education Academy, an attempt to nurture the aspirations of the brilliant and dedicated educators
who nurture young minds; to give them impetus to pursue their ambitions and fast-track their
career growths.
A source of inspiration and a woman with great zeal, from setting the strategic direction to
overseeing that the operations are in-line with her vision, Mrs Birla plays a hands-on role across all
these organisations on a day-to-day basis. She also serves on the Board of Pratham and Make-a- Wish Foundation while being actively involved with NGO’s like Muktangan, Save the Children and
Seva Sadan.
For her tireless commitment and influential work, she has been honoured with the Icon of
Excellence Award by FICCI-FLO – Sambhavaa, as well as the Woman of Excellence Award by FICCI’s
Ladies Wing.
For her contribution to society, she has been honoured with the Hall of Fame award by the Hello
Magazine in March 2017.
For her commitment to the cause of stamping out the stigma around Mental Illness in India, she
has been honoured with the DEVI Award by the New Indian Express in December 2017.
For her stellar contribution in the field of mental healthcare, she has been honoured with Women
of the decade in community mental healthcare by Women Economic Forum in August – 2018.
Holding an Honors Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the University of Derby, she is married to
Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla and is the proud mother of three successful and loving children,
Ananyashree, Aryaman Vikram and Advaitesha. Her role as a mother is the closest to her heart. An
outdoor sports enthusiast, she is an avid reader who finds solace in listening to music and wishes
to call herself a traveller.

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