Mental Health
Join the 999 challenge: yoga and meditation

Emotional, Psychological, And Social Well-being

This group will focus on mental health issues, which are increasing.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1 billion people were living with a mental disorder in 2019. Suicide was the cause of 1 in 100 deaths. During the COVID-19 pandemic, depression and anxiety increased by over 25 percent.

Mental health disorders are especially prevalent in low- and middle-income countries and are exacerbated by a lack of mental healthcare infrastructure, professionals, and policies. Stigma and discrimination against people with mental health issues are widespread, especially among disadvantaged populations. All these factors contribute to mental health care being one of the most neglected areas of public health care and policy.

This neglect comes at a grave cost in terms of loss of productivity, economic effects, years of life lost, and disability-adjusted life years. Given a world climate that expects an increase in natural disasters, pandemics, and epidemics, all of which contribute to an increase in mental health disorders, it is time to bring mental health care to the forefront of global attention.

Ways to participate in C20


AYUDH – Global Youth Wing

Vidyamritam – Children scholarships
Technology enhanced Learning: AmritaRITE, OLabs, MedSIM, AyurSIM, AVIEW, VLab
Online Education – African batch of fully funded students in Amrita’s BCA degree
AmritaJSS – Skill Development and Adult Literacy
AmritaServe – Education, Skill Development, Learning Technologies
Inclusive Education: Amrita Orphanage, Amrita Institute for Differently Abled, Amrita Speech and Hearing Improvement School (ASHIS), Village Education Centers

Join the 999 challenge

The challenge is to practice 9 rounds of Surya Namaskar and 9 minutes of Meditation for World Peace daily for 9 days and then reflect on the impact it had on your life. The challenge highlights how yoga and meditation can have a major impact on mental health and physical well-being. Participants of the challenge have reported experiencing positive changes in their life outlooks, energy levels and overall sense of well-being. This, in turn, contributed to an atmosphere of peace within their schools and families. The goal is to reach 1 million people around the world by international yoga day, June 21st.

Share your experiences with 999

Now that you have completed your 9 days of Surya Namaskaram and prayers for world peace, we want to know about your experience! Please share your experience with the 999 challenge, let us know how it has impacted you mentally, emotionally, and physically. Your response can be written, or a video.

Chaupal C20

Each one of us influences the health of our society. The #YouAreTheLight campaign is a platform for all to share their experiences of health problems in society and suggest solutions to be included in our policy pact for the G20.


We aim to widen the discussions on different facets of sustainable development goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being with policy building meetings and a series of public webinars and awareness campaigns that will take place throughout 2023. Join us for one of our upcoming events.

Sub-Working Group Coordinators

Dr. L. M. (Malini) Frey

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Contact us:

Core Committee Members

Dr. Patrick Corrigan

Illinois Institute of Technology

Soumitra Pathare

Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy, Indian Law Society

Chitra Venkateswaran

BCMCH, Tiruvalla, Mehac Foundation

Anant Bhan


Dr. Elyn Saks

USC Gould School of Law

Nirmala Pothini

Andhra University

Gabriella Wright

Never Alone, Initiative of the Chopra Foundation

Priti Sridhar

Mariwala Health Initiative

Dr. T. S. Jaisoorya

National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bengaluru

Dr. Brian Hall

Center for Global Health Equity, Professor of Global Public Health, NYU Shanghai

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Message from the Chair, C20 India 2023

Our Inspiration

Amma sees the whole world as a flower. Each petal represents a nation. If one petal is infested with pests, it will affect the other petals as well. The beauty of the whole flower suffers. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to protect and nurture this flower. All living beings in creation are interdependent. The rhythm of Nature depends upon humanity. It’s necessary to maintain the rhythm of the mind and body for the sake of our health and lifespan, for the sake of humankind and Nature.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi ❤️

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