Workshop on mental wellness underway at RGU

RONO HILLS, 9 Feb: A two-day national workshop on mental wellness began at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) here on Thursday.

The workshop, being organised by the university’s psychology and social work departments and career counselling cell, in collaboration with Solh Wellness, was inaugurated by RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha, in the presence of Registrar Dr NT Rikam and National Security Studies Prof PK Panigrahi. Over 200 students, faculty members and non-teaching staffers are participating in it.

On the inaugural day, Prof Dharmeshwari Lourembam highlighted “the importance of mental wellness for student population in particular and public in general, and the usage of technology in mitigating this challenge.”

Dr Rikam spoke about how “there is a diversity in the way of life in different societies and people experience different issues and struggles.”

Prof Panigrahi said that, “in the 21st century, the root cause of mental stress is because of aspirations and selfishness.”

The VC in his address said that “most of the stress in our societies is associated to lifestyle, and different roles and responsibilities one has to perform. Managing our stress is an art, and one should know how to mitigate these challenges.”

Kapil Gupta of Sohl Wellness emphasised on “the importance of dealing with mental wellness, as it affects the psychological capital of an individual, which then affects the psychological capital of the larger society.”

“No two persons have the same reflection of same mental health issues. Bringing solution to them is a challenge. Therefore, during this workshop, the resource person will be highlighting benefits of Solh Wellness applications and technology, and how that can be utilised by the students for their mental wellbeing,” he added.

The inaugural programme concluded with prize distribution for the e-essay writing competition that had been held earlier. Gemam Padu (of the psychology department) received the third prize; the second prize was awarded to Hibu Mayur (psychology department); and the first prize went to Prakash Pal (mass communication department).