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Cotton University in collaboration with NE Indian Association of Applied Psychology organises 'World Mental Health Day'

Cotton University in collaboration with NE Indian Association of Applied Psychology organises World Mental Health Day

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 Oct 2018 2:08 PM GMT

Guwahati: The Department of Psychology, Cotton University in collaboration with the North East Indian Association of Applied Psychology organized a mental health awareness programme on the occasion of World Mental Health Day on Wednesday.

The theme for the year was ‘Young People and Mental Health in the Changing World’.

The Department of Psychology took an initiative of addressing various mental health-related issues faced by the younger generation.

Registrar of Cotton University, Prof DK Das in his inaugural speech congratulated the various novel initiatives taken by the department since its inception in 2015. He laid the emphasis and the importance of sound psychological health of the younger generation and the various challenges faced by them in the present times.

Academic Registrar, SK Dutta in his speech appreciated the enthusiasm shown by the Department in taking psychology beyond the four walls of the classroom.

Addressing the gathering, Convenor of the programme and the Founder Head of the Psychology Department, Dr Dimpy Mahanta emphasized on the various psychological issues faced by the adolescents and the young adults in today’s times, which if not recognized and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness.

It may further be mentioned that she also focused on prevention which begins with being aware of and understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness.

“Parents and teachers can help build life skills of children and adolescents to help them cope with everyday challenges at home and at school,” said Dr Mahanta in her speech.

Dr Mahanta also carried out a workshop on ‘Stress Management and Resilience Building’ where students from several schools and colleges across the city had participated.

The Students of the Department had performed a skit on the ordeals faced by the youngsters when they become victims of the unrealistic expectations of parents, thereby becoming victims of bullying, depression, low self-esteem and substance abuse and in extreme cases, they run into the risk of committing suicides.

Dr Mahanta further stated that “Three years back when we had started the Department we promised to create public awareness about various Mental Health Related Issues, open discussions on which was considered a 'taboo' till then! It was for the first time that the public saw and appreciated the selfless contribution by a bright young group of people (Psychology Deptt of Cotton) taking the lead & pro-active role in spreading awareness by carrying out massive rallies, street plays, sloganeering, workshops, poster-making competition, just to name a few! This year, the Department took innovative measures by focusing on young school children and young adults by organizing at our own University premise involving its in-house professionals and the students of the Department.”

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