Thursday 16 June 2022

Headspace strengthens its International Advisory board by onboarding social entrepreneur, educationist and mental health activist Dr. Neerja Birla

New Delhi, June 16, 2022: Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, announced the onboarding of Dr. Neerja Birla, Founder & Chairperson of Mpower, an initiative by Aditya Birla Education Trust that focuses on mental health, wellbeing and mindfulness, to its International Advisory board. This development is in line with Headspace’s continued endeavor of creating a robust ecosystem of global industry leaders and practitioners in their respective fields, to further its global mission of transforming how mental healthcare is delivered for all populations. Times Bridge, the global investments and venture arm of The Times Group, announced investment in Headspace in 2020 and has led Headspace’s launch in India. Since its India entry, which coincided with the beginning of the pandemic, Headspace's membership base in the country has grown by over 50%.

Headspace’s International Advisory Board is responsible for advancing intellectual awareness of key mental health topics and trends and also advising Headspace on emerging mental health trends across the globe. Headspace’s IAB consists of reputed industry leaders, such as Dr. Reena Kotecha, Medical Doctor & Founder of Mindful Medics; Patrick Watt, Commercial Director, Bupa Global; Dr. Hiba Sher Khan, ObGyn and Deputy CCIO; Dr. Lydia Brown, Clinical Psychologist, Resilience Researcher & Mindfulness Teacher; among others. As the first Indian representative on the board, Dr. Neerja Birla will lend her experience of destigmatizing mental health in India’s vast landscape and her domain expertise will be crucial in supporting Headspace’s mission in India. Hugely recognized for her extensive work in the mental health space in India, Dr. Neerja Birla is an industry veteran whose venture Mpower is focused on spreading awareness about mental health, alleviating stigma, and providing quality care to individuals from all sections of the community. 

Simon Blake OBE, Chair, The International Advisory Board, Headspace, said, “We're in continuous pursuit of leaders with diverse backgrounds, entrepreneurial zeal and operational experience who can come together and help us advance the conversation around mental health care. Constantly working to improve our understanding of mental health in India and remaining informed on the latest trends is of critical importance to the board and to Headspace. Dr. Neerja Birla has worked tirelessly to campaign for better awareness and improved support in the country, and we are simply thrilled to welcome her and her extensive expertise to the conversation."

Simon Blake is also CEO of Mental Health First Aid, England and has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for his work in the voluntary sector and with young people.

Dr. Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson of Mpower, an initiative of Aditya Birla Education Trust, added, “Headspace is on its way to becoming an iconic global leader in delivering mental health support to millions around the world. I am thrilled to be a part of their International Advisory Board at a juncture where mental health is becoming a part of mainstream conversations, globally and in India. Our expertise in working closely in the mental health space allows us to understand human and cultural barriers in opening up toward mental health concerns and offer tailor-made solutions. It is our endeavor to ensure normalization of mental health conversations and stamp out the stigma associated with the sameA perfect synergy, the collaboration will provide wide access to mental healthcare resources that are verified by experts, positively impacting the lives of people cutting across geographical boundaries.”

Viral Jani, EVP & Country Head - India, TImes Bridge, said, “We are proud of our association with Headspace and are committed to leveraging our network and market understanding to further its vision in India. The onboarding of Neerja Birla, the first Indian representation on Headspace’s IAB, is testament to our partner’s continued commitment to the market. This collaboration will significantly further Headspace's mission in India by opening avenues to offer access to mindfulness and mental health content to various sections of society.”

Headspace's mission is to make mindfulness available to everyone, everywhere, and play a role in improving the world's mental wellbeing and happiness quotient. It has been scientifically proven that using Headspace has favorable outcomes such as reducing stress in just 10 days, as well as improving sleep and focus, allowing consumers to feel better in minutes.

About Headspace

Headspace was created with one mission in mind: to improve the health and happiness of the world. As one of the first meditation apps on the market, Headspace remains a leader in mindfulness and mental training. For more information please visit us at, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

Headspace Health is the world’s leading provider of mental health and wellbeing solutions, touching the lives of over 100 million people in 190 countries. Through our flagship Headspace brand, we provide mindfulness tools for everyday life, including meditations, sleepcasts, mindful movement, and focus exercises. Our enterprise brands, Headspace for Work and Ginger, are distributed through over 3,500 enterprises, including Starbucks, Adobe, Delta Air Lines, and ViacomCBS; and through health plans such as Cigna. Our members and enterprise partners’ employees have access to mindfulness and meditation tools, CBT, coaching, therapy, and psychiatry, ultimately helping them to be healthier and more productive. To learn more about Headspace Health and our family of brands, visit

About Times Bridge

Times Bridge is a leading investment and partnerships firm with a mission of bringing the world’s best ideas to India and sharing India’s best insights with the world. Its current portfolio includes Airbnb, Coursera, Girl Effect, Headspace, Houzz, Luminary, Malaria No More, MUBI, Smule, Stack Overflow, Uber and Wattpad, among others. By providing unmatched market leadership to its select global partners, Times Bridge accelerates growth and immersion across the Indian subcontinent for leaders and companies who believe in winning in and learning from India. For more information, visit and follow @timesbridge across social media.

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