ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.
“Gandhi once said, ‘Be the change you want to see’. Being a Millennium Fellow gives me an opportunity to work towards the betterment of the society and build a more inclusive environment.”
Millennium Fellowship Project: Men Can Cry
Depression in men is commonly not recognized because men are supposed to be strong. In Indian Culture and any culture in the world, expression of any emotion or feeling is a feminine trait. ‘Men Can Cry’ is developed to explain how masculine practices to depression result in a debilitating trajectory.
A further suggestion is that ‘health more generally is also seen as a feminine issue, which means that these issues are not limited to emotional health.’
The short term goals are to identify the factors which lead to depression in men and then create awareness regarding the recognition of depression in men.
The long term goal is to build a stigma-free environment where men feel comfortable and not weak about their emotions. It works on this initiative, to break masculine stereotypes, channel depression in a non-aggressive way and promote a support group for men with depression.
About the Millennium Fellow
Saumya Rastogi is a final year student in Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. where she studies Multimedia and Mass Communication. She is part of the Editorial and Debating Society over there.
She is a passionate blogger and is social media savvy and believes the platform can bring a real change in how we interpret Mental Health.
Researching in Development Communication around Mental Health, she aims to break the taboos surrounding depression in men.