ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations. 80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ARUN SOJAN PAROLIKKAL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Govt. Model Engineering College | Kochi, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 6
" Being a Millennium fellow will help me form a network of peers and mentors required to take my project forward. It will help me reach out to the right places and people in need of the freedom from mental health issues my project aims to provide. I also think it'll be great to be part of a community that shares the ideals of working now for a better world, in so many different ways. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: LifeBoat
LifeBoat is a project that aims to help the overwhelming number of people in India who are affected by mental health issues, especially in the state of Kerala, and are unwilling or unable to seek professional help because of the stigma present in India society that discourages professional mental health care. People who do seek help often do so in total secrecy, and the difficulty of doing this is a another issue to be dealt with. LifeBoat helps people improve themselves by providing both free and paid services, from listening to calming ambient sound or music, to booking an appointment with a psychologist and seeking professional help entirely online in complete anonymity. The team will also try to create communities in local areas to act as self help groups for people who need friendship, and simply someone else to talk to. This has proven very helpful in other countries, but never attempted effectively in Indian localities.
The project goals include;
1. Complete the development and deploy the mobile application.
2. Creating a website to help people familiarize with the project and use the service if necessary.
3. Registration of a minimum of 16 mental health experts on the app.
4. Provision of service for a minimum of 100 users in the first month of deployment.
About the Millennium Fellow
Arun is a freshman college student at Govt. Model engineering college, Kochi, doing a Btech in computer science course. He went to school at Kuwait and later at Kerala, India. He is a founding member of LifeBoat, an organisation committed to improving the availability of mental health care in India, through digitisation and community support. He has contributed full stack code to LifeBoat's mobile application and done extensive research for the cause.