RONO HILLS: A two-day interactive session on the topic 'Student's mental health and well-being' concluded on Saturday here. It was organized by the Department of Psychology in collaboration with Department of Social Work, Rajiv Gandhi University.
Nearly 100 participants participated in the interactive session through Google Meet.
Addressing the Inaugural session, Pro VC Prof. Amitava Mitra, Rajiv Gandhi University stated that mental health is more than the absence of mental illness and defined it as a state of well-being in which people can realize one's learning potential, cope with stresses and communicate with the community at their best.
Prof. Sibnath Deb addressed on the mental health and well-being of student population in COVID-19 crisis briefly discussing on the present scenario of the problems faced by student community in both their personal and academic life. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Kaushalendra Pratap Singh, HoD (in-charge) Social work of the varsity an also the convener of the interactive programme. Dr. Kakali Goswami, HoD (in-charge) of Psychology, RGU, mentioned of the aims and objectives of the interactive sessions which included disseminating information to the student community on coping strategies in the new normal. Proposing the vote of thanks, programme co-ordinator Chaphiak Lowang expressed her sincere gratitude towards RGU Vice Chancellor Prof. Saket Kushwaha and Pro VC Prof. Amitava Mitra for their continuous guidance, support and motivation.
While the first day's interactive session was addressed by Pampak Khumukcham, Assistant Professor and clinical psychologist from RIMS in Manipur, the second day's interactive session was delivered by Dr Nesmita Das, student's counsellor, Centre for Holistic Well Being, IIT Guwahati. Intensive deliberation and orientations on mental health and its crisis faced by students and the educationist in the current scenario was discussed on the session. The session also discussed on the coping skills with learning strategies and management skills one can imbibe in adapting to the new normal. The discussions also dwelt on the need for acquiring a cognizance of the vulnerabilities in areas ranging from academic, stress, career related confusions, exam anxiety, relationship issues etc affecting one's overall mental well-being.