Self-care isn't selfish!

Do you boast of a “dedicated and personalized” schedule? Do you set aside time for yourself to do things you enjoy and relax? Do you consciously make an effort to take care of your physical and mental well-being? Helplessness, anxiety and panic, among other emotions, are typical these days, making us forget to reflect on our needs and take care of ourselves. Self-care for maintaining well-being is important and it directly influences how we live our lives, how we feel, and how we plan for the future. It is precisely in these times that we imperatively invest in our well-being for multifold gains in future.

With this in mind, in this week's Focus Group Session, we’ll spend time identifying what aspects of our lives affect our well-being, talk about ways to manage them better and build personalized self-care routines!

This is a safe space for you to share you mental health concerns/experiences with others facing similar circumstances and extend and receive support from one another under the guidance of a trained facilitator who would be moderating activities and discussions for self-reflection.

Materials & Ground Rules

Please log in 5 minutes before the session begins.
Try to join the session from a comfortable and safe place!
Be empathetic and non-judgemental towards other participants and yourself.
Please avoid interrupting other participants and wait for your turn.
Avoid giving direct solutions to any participant. Everyone is different and solutions that work for you may not work for others.
Feel free to ask any queries/questions at any point in the session.
Pencil/pen/colour pencils, paper, comfort food/object
Just be YOU! 🙂


Jyoti Das
Jyoti is a counselling psychologist from Bangalore, IndiaShe is extremely passionate about issues concerning students’ rights and LGBTQIA+ rights.
Sumithra Sridhar
Sumithra Sridhar  uses an eclectic approach to therapy and believes that therapy should fundamentally be based on providing individualised treatment and intervention.
Satya Gopal
Satya  uses an eclectic approach in therapy to help their clients work with gender and sexual health concerns, in individual, couple or family therapy settings.
Atmica Reddy
Atmica uses a combination of conventional psychological theories and creative tools such as visual art, music and movement to facilitate the therapeutic process.
Anvita Sethi
Anvita Sethi has extensive experience working with adolescents & adults in areas of stress management, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and resilience building.
  • Jyoti Das
    Jyoti is a counselling psychologist from Bangalore, IndiaShe is extremely passionate about issues concerning students’ rights and LGBTQIA+ rights.
11th September 2021
4PM to 6PM


Rs. 199

Highlights from Past Events

Peoples’ Experiences

  • Gaurav
    Going through a mental health challenge can make you feel isolated and afraid, among many other things. I remember feeling this way when I was in a difficult place, and that's when I signed up for a buddy circle at HiO. Although I was scared at first, that changed to relief and a sense of hope. The buddy circle reminded me that I'm not completely alone in my journey; help and company is always an arm's reach away :')
  • Nandini
    Buddy Circle serves exactly what it promises! I remember being a little nervous about my first session, but as you see people open up one by one and you relate with other's struggles, it feels like you're a part of a community, and you can really understand each other. What I liked about the buddy circle was that it always provides us with a learning strategy, something to take back and implement in your everyday life.