The Freed Fellowship
Through our work in the field of Eating Disorders over the past few years, we have had to face several hard truths.. But among the most saddening of them is the sheer inadequacy of credible mental health resources in times of need. While there is a lot to be said about the extreme shortage of MH professionals per number of people seeking our MH interventions, what’s even more disappointing is the quality of these professionals.
Our search for psychologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists, general practitioners and in patients facilities have yielded extremely few aware, sensitive, and experienced ED specialists. We are thankful to have found those that we did, and have joined hands with this incredible network of professionals to change this truth.
Fewer students are graduating with psychology degrees per capita need of MH interventions in the country. And despite higher awareness of the mental health crisis our country is facing, our educational system is not doing a good job of training our young, aspiring psychology professionals.
So, with the support of our network of psychologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists and other social work specialists in the field of eating disorders, we have pledged to do our bit to make our country future-ready for the rising eating disorders crisis at hand.
The Freed Fellowship is our curated effort to build mental health professionals for the huge need that exists today. The aim of the Freed Fellowship is to recognize, nurture and hone young leaders to
create an ecosystem of support in the context of eating disorders – facilitating educational
initiatives, creating resources to support people impacted by them and holding conversations on the subject.
We are constantly looking to create spaces that are safe, empathetic, and kind. This is an invitation for all masters psychology students to build this with us.
Our commitment to you:
40 hours of training by the best professionals who have firsthand experience of working in the space
Learning across 12 core competencies spanning eating disorders, nutrition, reflective listening, gender & inclusion, group work, and mental health entrepreneurship
Honing skills to build and facilitate sharing spaces in group settings
The ability to create resources to support and take the work of eating disorder awareness forward
Receiving a one-to-one 1-hour Power Coaching session at the halfway mark
Tap into a network of like-minded peers and mentors associated with the organization
Our eligibility criteria:
Second-year students pursuing their Masters degree in Psychology. (Note: Please do not apply if you do not meet this parameter)
A commitment of 6 hours per week per fellow for a period of 6 months.
An alignment with our mission of building capacities within the mental health sector.
Our fellowship runs from March to September, and applications for the following batch open in November. If you’re interested, leave us your details here and we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear about our application openings.