World Mental Health Day celebrated

World Mental Health Day celebrated


RONO HILLS, Oct 10: Along with the rest of the globe, Rajiv Gandhi University today celebrated World Mental Health Day themed ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world’ with special reference on the growing depression, stress, mental incompetency, suicide among the youths brought about by modern social interactions.

The program was organized by the Department of Psychology to sensitize the participating youths with the globally felt phenomena advocating against the social stigma. This year World Health Organization (WHO) had pressed on the need to educate more on the causes and possible remedies to overcome the widespread ‘social stigma’ about a person’s mental health.

In his address, RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha pressed for developing an ‘online application’ by which mental health among students and everyone can be scientifically measured.

“I assure to extend my fullest technical support for it, we can patent it,” he said.

The VC connoted on imbibing values amongst youths. There is a need to revitalize social bonds while ensuring transparency, fairness among gender and among different status. The society needs to celebrate parenthood to ensure children’s proper mental abilities, for this, mothers have a huge role to play, the VC added.

He urged teachers and students to devote time for syllabus, to study and identify what purpose one’s field of interest may serve to society. He told that the modus operandi of teaching-learning process must remain complimentary to each other.

RGU Registrar Prof Tomo Riba said that negativity is harmful for an individual’s purpose of being and a negative outlook is a hurdle for the society. Earlier, associated with UNO’s project for a year studying social challenges of the state, Riba vouched for equity among good and bad attributes of life.

Prof A Mitra categorically explained about the status of youth in the country. He pressed on the significance of emerging youthful population in India.

Coordinator of the programme, Dean of Students’ Welfare Prof Kesang Degi highlighted the motives of the celebration, its genesis, how youth have been largely affected by coming of age technology driven societal interactions.

Students from the Psychology Department performed a thematic song ‘Keep Holding On’ while introducing elements related to ‘Youths’ mental wellbeing’. A short narrative skit was also showcased on the ‘impact of positive and negative social environment on youth’.

Moderated by Elizabeth Hansing, later in the technical session, Clinical Psychologist Nabam Yeni spoke on major health problems faced by youths, while Dr Tamreshwari spoke on stress management in daily life.

The Dean of Faculty, Prof Rachob Taba, Joint Registrar (Academic), Dr David Pertin, faculty members of various departments, students also took part in the daylong celebration.

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