Spotlight: Prakriti Poddar’s Wholistic Wellbeing Journey
Prakriti Poddar, global head of mental health and wellbeing at RoundGlass, has been drawn to helping others since she was a toddler. Poddar was introduced to healing by her grandmother, who used to channel purifying energy to people in her community. “She was putting her hand on somebody and ushering divine healing vibrations,” Poddar says. “She would make me do the same thing.”
This experience stuck with Poddar, who quickly realized she wanted to help people ease their suffering. So, in 1999, she decided to quit her first job after university and pursue a career in mental wellness.
From starting her initial company, Mind Over Image Consulting (an organization that employs an array of therapy techniques to help people lead happier, healthier lives) to addressing up to 70,000 people on the importance of mental-health programs and resources for women and girls across India, Poddar has been a strong advocate for wholistic wellbeing: helping others understand that caring for your body, mind, and spirit can support you in navigating all areas of life.
Check out some of Poddar’s editorial work to learn more about the connection between wholistic health and everyday living.
Poddar’s Internal and External Contributions to Incentivizing Preventative Health Care
Foods That Reduce Menstrual Cramps: Make These Changes in Diet to Ease PMS
Poddar collaborates with gynecologists and dietitians to share which nutrients can help to ease menstrual pain.
Living Joyfully with Wholistic Wellbeing
Here, the mental health and wellbeing head explores the differences between what it means to be happy and what we’ve been taught about how to experience bliss.
How Can Organizations Support Employee Wellbeing in a Post-Pandemic Era?
A look at mental-health concerns associated with an increase in working from home — plus, ways companies can transform their own approach to employee wellbeing.
Poddar’s initiative Wellbeing Volunteers United (WVU) provides free counseling services to people across India living with disability or struggling with mental or emotional health. Here, she shares how WVU works and why state governments should speak up when it comes to addressing mental health in India.
Communication: The Silent Scourge of Relationships
Why healthy communication is an important part of nurturing relationships — and how to practice it at home.
More than 1.5 Lakh People From Across the World Attended World Meditation Day Online Event Hosted by RoundGlass Living
Learn more about Poddar’s role in hosting RoundGlass Living’s annual World Meditation Day.
University Mental Health Policy Should Be Introduced in India
In this Q&A, Poddar breaks down gendered stereotypes related to mental health, and how children and adolescents can be better supported as they learn and grow.
Her Family Wanted Her to Be a Banker, but She Found Her Calling in Mental Health with Poddar Foundation
Poddar highlights the need for informed mental health practitioners in rural parts of India.
RoundGlass Living App Launches Music for Wellbeing Channel
Poddar and Amrita Sen, a song writer and designer are introduced as the leads of Roundglass Living’s new Music for Wellbeing Channel.
National Tele Mental Health Program’ in Budget 2022–2023: What Does This Mean and How Will It Help Those Fighting Mental Illness
Wellbeing experts in India offer insights on how the country's National Telehealth program can support people coping with mental health problems.
Until recently, Poddar's been hosting RoundGlass' weekly fireside chats like this one, Relieving Stress in Our Kids. Check out her other discussions here.