As Rotary International (RI) welcomes its new President, Gordon McInally, and two Directors, Anirudh Roy Chowdhury and T.N. Raju Subramanian, it looks forward to a significant shift in focus. This new term marks a commitment to prioritizing mental health and environmental conservation in the organization’s global efforts.
McInally, a long-standing Rotary member, plans to use his term to shine a light on mental health issues, an area that he believes has been overlooked for far too long. With the help of Chowdhury and Subramanian, he aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, increase global awareness, and improve access to necessary resources and services.
Chowdhury, in addition to his work on literacy, has been instrumental in advancing environmental sustainability through Rotary’s initiatives. Subramanian, with his legal background, brings a keen focus on health initiatives and plans to lend his voice to the mental health advocacy that McInally is keen to drive.
As Subramanian stated, “Rotary has a remarkable record when it comes to health initiatives. The global pandemic has brought attention to another aspect of health that has been overlooked for too long – mental health. The involvement of Rotary clubs will gradually reduce the stigma, and more and more people will begin to be comfortable around the issue.”