Between the stimulus and response, there is a space and in that space lies our freedom and power to chose our responses. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

Victor Frankl


We hope to help create a society free of stigma — where persons with mental health concerns and their care givers can live a life of fulfillment, with support, acceptance and care. Mpower envisions a future where everyone receives the mental health care that they need to facilitate recovery, without facing discrimination or shame, whilst simultaneously bringing change to policy and public life.


To empower individuals and their families dealing with mental health disorders by raising awareness, alleviating stigma, advocating prevention, fostering education, and providing world class holistic services, so that they can lead meaningful and productive lives, with respect and dignity.

To Create Awareness

To Advocate Prevention

To Foster Education

To Provide Service

To Create Awareness

Mental health is a subject riddled with stigma, sensitive issues and concerns. The discrimination caused by stigma can only be eradicated through continuous efforts to create awareness. This in turn will encourage acceptance, and help those suffering from mental illnesses to gain freedom. Because of stigma, mental disorders are viewed as weaknesses. By creating awareness, we hope to reinforce the fact that most conditions are treatable, just like any other medical condition.

Lack of awareness is caused due to lack of knowledge. We also hope to assist those who seek help or information about mental health by creating a body of knowledge, information and expertise with regards to treatment modalities and therapeutic options.

In order to ensure that those suffering from mental illnesses aren’t subjected to a hostile environment, it is essential to promote awareness among caregivers, parents and loved ones. This will enable them to guarantee timely intervention and treatment, without any misconceptions. It will also enable them to cope with patience, competency and positivity.

Education begins at a primary level. By creating awareness in schools, colleges, workplaces, hospitals and other healthcare providers, we will be able to create a deep-rooted knowledge base. This in turn will enable a flow of information and aid in the prevention of mental health problems.

To Advocate Prevention

Mental health disorders are inextricably linked to human rights issues. The discrimination and human rights violations faced by individuals and families affected by mental health disorders are intense and pervasive. Awareness about mental health leads to effective prevention; altering these perceptions by changing the way mental health is looked upon by society. These preventive measures should be harmonious with principles of social equity and compassionate care towards those in need. Implementation of social and health policies, as well as collaborative social efforts towards prevention can go a long way in sustaining improvements effectively, and reducing relapse rates.

Positive Psychology is one such method that can be used to advocate prevention. Rather than just treating mental illness, Positive Psychology emphasises on effective intervention to aid in the achievement of a satisfactory life. Focusing only on the disorder or illness may result in a limited understanding of the person’s condition. Thus, a practical application to prevention is to assist individuals in identifying and focusing on strengths, so as to increase and sustain overall wellbeing.

Advocating prevention restores faith, trust, hope and self confidence in individuals and families suffering from these conditions.

To Foster Education

We aspire to spread awareness through education, in order to encourage acceptance and strengthen treatment modalities. Education expands scientific knowledge, while adding value to evidence-based research and treatment modalities. This empowers professionals, mental health workers, counsellors and therapists. Education also helps accelerate recovery and rehabilitation by broadening intellectual, social and psychological understanding.

An important aspect of recovery and rehabilitation involves not only getting better, but also achieving a meaningful and productive life with respect and dignity. Our endeavour is to be a world-class educational hub which brings together professionals, experts and authorities in this field to impart knowledge and training through workshops, lectures, seminars and certified courses.

To Provide Service

At Mpower, we hope to establish a world-class, multi-disciplinary, holistic healthcare centre for children, adolescents, young adults and their families.

In order to empower professionals, teachers, parents and families of the community, we are working towards creating a body of knowledge, expertise and specialists in the field of mental health. By providing those in need with resources and information, training and guidance, diagnostic evaluations, therapeutic interventions and psychological counselling, Mpower offers world-class healthcare, all under one roof.

This ensures that each and every psychological, emotional, social, educational or behavioural need is catered to with compassion, empathy and dignity.

Our Team

The Mpower movement is spearheaded by our core team, who actively champion our message of change.


Neerja Birla

Founder and Chairperson

The Founder and Chairperson of the Mpower movement, Neerja Birla has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Derby. Mpower, her brainchild, is determined to bring about a positive change in attitude towards mental health. She is very passionate about children, education and mental health, and is actively engaged as the Chairperson of The Aditya Birla World Academy and The Aditya Birla Integrated School.


Ananya Birla

Co-Founder and vice Chairperson

A successful entrepreneur, Ananya Birla studied Economics and Management and is an alumni of the University of Oxford. She is the Co-founder and Vice Chairperson of the Mpower movement. She is spearheading the awareness campaigns for the brand and is adamant on breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. She is also the chairperson and Managing Director of a successful startup, Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd.

Advisory Board

Dr. Mahesh Balsekar

Dr. Mahesh Balsekar

Consulting Pediatrician

Dr. Mahesh Balsekar is a consultant pediatrician with 3 decades of experience, with special interest in newborn care and public health. He is an honorary pediatrician at Breach Candy hospital & Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre.

Mr. Nayan Patel

Nayan Patel

Member - Advisory Board

Mr. Nayan Patel is a member of the advisory board at Mpower. A specialist in Risk Banking, Mr. Patel studied International Banking from Manchester Business School. He has over 35 years of experience in the field, having held a number of senior leadership positions in the financial services industry. Being a committed social entrepreneur with the ability to engage a wide network of contacts, Mr. Patel has expertise in building strategic links between organisations.

Core Team


Jyoti Narain Kapoor


Ms Jyoti Narain Kapoor is a seasoned woman leader with expertise across leading foreign banks in Consumer Banking organisations like HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank and ANZ Grindlays Bank. She has worked for 22 years in this industry where she held leadership positions. Her last banking role before she decided to move to a more personally rewarding career in social sector was to Head Sales Management and Cross Sell for HSBC India. She moved from the corporate sector to start initiatives with two other enterprising women - a day care centre and a pre-school in Mumbai. The aim was to ensure quality care and proper emotional intellectual and physical development of children in safe and enriching environment. This move was prompted by a desire to make a difference in society, and coupled with her personal journey, led her to be an integral part of Mpower.

In her role as CEO, she leads operations at Mpower to translate the vision of Mpower into necessary plans of action to ensure delivery of high quality client-centric services with a team of professionals whilst providing strategic direction to achieve growth and profitability and build a strong organization.


Dr. Zirak Marker

(M.B.B.S., D.P.M., D.N.B.)

Dr. Zirak Marker is a renowned child and adult psychiatrist and psychotherapist with clinical training from the Westchester Medical Centre, New York University. Dr. Marker has over fifteen years of experience in Educational Psychology, and is currently the CEO of the Aditya Birla Integrated School; for children with learning disabilities and psychological/emotional problems.


Dr. Sapna Bangar


Dr. Sapna Bangar is a specialist child and adolescent Psychiatrist with clinical training from UK. Dr. Sapna has over 15 years of experience working as a Psychiatrist with children and special area of interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, Eating disorders and emotional problems including self-harm in young people. She has recently relocated to India to join Mpower.


Dr. Ambrish Dharmadhikari

Head – Medical Services
(Mpower – The Foundation)

Dr. Ambrish Dharmadhikari secured his MBBS and went on to pursue DPM from CIP, Ranchi due to his interest in Psychiatry. He went on to pursue post-doctoral training from University of Pittsburgh, USA. He underwent training in research methodology at Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar. He has published 17 research papers and chapters in various psychiatry textbooks.

He is also on the editorial board of International Psychogeriatrics and the Assistant editor for Odisha Journal of Psychiatry. With a work experience in the field of Psychiatry for six years, he also has expertise in the fields of depression, anxiety disorder and community psychiatry. He has worked actively in providing mental health services in under privileged communities in Mumbai and has been actively spreading awareness on mental health via workshops, community talks and media.


Tanya Vasunia


Tanya Percy Vasunia graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from The University of York and a Masters of Science in Psychoanalytical Developmental Psychology from University College London. Tanya has worked with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services with the NHS. Post the NHS, Tanya has worked as a Therapist and a research assistant in Mumbai. A published author, Tanya is passionate about research and public health, she has worked with individuals, groups and schools. Her areas of interest include Sexual Health, Anxiety and Sibling relations. Tanya describes counselling as "a collaborative journey which creates a balanced and practical thought process."


Ms. Jenisha Shah

Lead Clinical Psychologist

As a Clinical Psychologist & Creative Arts-based Therapist, Jenisha works with children and adults often using the person-centred approach to counselling complimented by expressive arts. She began her career with teaching Psychology at Mithibai College of Arts. Additionally practicing as a Clinical Psychologist in Nair hospital, Sion hospital and mental health centres. She has taught as a visiting faculty at the St.Xavier's Institute of the counselling program at the postgraduate diploma level. Jenisha has worked as a Whole School Clinical Psychologist with the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, working extensively with children, teachers, parents and school systems. One of the areas of focus has been working for children with Special needs. She has been trained in Visual arts based therapy and is currently training to become an internationally certified dance movement therapy facilitator by the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India and International France Council (CID-UNESC France). She finds the eclectic approach as an important part of the processes of therapy. She believes in using the experiential approach to psychotherapy with the blend of expressive arts which have been crucial in building body awareness and gaining acceptance as well as to explore possibilities, make discoveries and gain valuable feedback.


Shachi Dalal


Shachi Dalal is a Psychologist at Mpower- The Centre. Having completed a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from New York University, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, she has moved back to India with the aim of addressing the dearth of mental health services in India. Shachi has worked at institutes such as Montefiore Medical Centre, and Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, where she received training in a pediatric behavioural integrated care set up, and an eating and weight disorders clinic. Apart from being interested in working with children and adolescents in a clinical capacity, Shachi is also interested in researching and disseminating psychoeducation to our society at large in order to address the general lack of awareness regarding mental health.


Nitika Gupta

Licensed Professional Counselor
(M.S.Ed., M.Phil.Ed.)

Nitika Gupta has received her professional counseling license in the U.S. after having completed her bachelor’s degree at University of Southern California and master’s degrees at University of Pennsylvania. She has over 5 years of mental health experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her multifaceted approach incorporates person-centered and cognitive behavioral techniques with strengths-based principles to help individuals achieve their goals in treatment. She helps individuals stabilize their moods and maladaptive situations by teaching skills that encourage awareness, mindfulness, and positive change. Nitika’s counseling style can be described as collaborative and compassionate, empowering the individual to be the ultimate expert, while nurturing a healthy therapeutic alliance.