World Mental Health Day celebrated

RONO HILLS, Oct 11: Rajiv Gandhi University’s (RGU) psychology department celebrated World Mental Health Day, under the theme ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world’, on 10 October.
The day is celebrated to spread global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against the social stigma.
The event at RGU was addressed by, among others, Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha, who lamented that millions of youngsters are committing suicide and have mental issues.
“It is high time to search the root cause and develop security in ourselves through better relation with parents,” the VC said.
He said his “dream from the psychology department, and overall from RGU, is practical application of our knowledge and develop a platform to address the issues and bring the changes in the society.”
RGU Registrar Prof Tomo Riba highlighted how negative attitude kills happiness, and said people “must always be ready to listen to others.” Faculty Dean Prof Mitra said “young people are busy with social media and actually going away from face-to-face social life.”
The technical session featured lectures by Psychology Assistant Professor Dr Dharmeshwari Lourembam (on stress management) and Midpu-based mental health centre’s clinical psychologist Yeni Nabam (on mental health issues faced by the youths, and creating awareness and building resilience).
Among others, professors Rachob Taba and Kesang Degi attended the programme, which also featured a skit performance by students and screening of a video on mental health issues.