Manipal Celebrates World Mental Health Day2 min read
Manipal: The Student Support Centre (SSC) commemorated its World Mental Health Day celebrations with this year’s theme of ‘Young people and Mental Health in a Changing World’ in conjoint events that took place at Quarter no.125 and the MCPH premises on Wednesday, October 10.
World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, around the world with the objective of bringing about more awareness on the issues, stigmas and dogmas concerning mental health. Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) flagstaffs a theme of discussion on the topic of mental health.
This year’s theme lays focus on the mental health scenario around adolescents and young adults. The WHO identifies that the youth are especially susceptible to mental illnesses, as today stress builds up at the early onset of one’s life be it through peer pressure or the overwhelming exposure one has to the internet and virtual networks. It further emphasises that mental health issues with the youth must be recognized and sorted out in order to build resilience to mental illnesses at a young age.
Participants perform at the musical evening at the Gangubai Hangal Auditorium on World Mental Health Day. || Photograph Courtesy: Yeshaswini Srihari
In lieu of this theme, a blue hour session was held at the SSC premises. The session was attended by resident clinical psychologists and students from all MAHE departments and institutes participated in interactive sessions on the topics ‘how to speak the language of mental Health’ and ‘how to navigate relationships successfully’.
In-house clinical psychologist Bhavishya A Kalyanpur remarked, “It’s important to be aware of the way one speaks when addressing a person with mental health issues. One must neither trivialise another’s problems nor associate or identify the other person with the illness itself.”
“It’s important to communicate effectively and assertively to sustain relationships but we should also be vary of the fact that we don’t always draws lines between what we feel and what we think,” she elaborated, speaking of the connection between mental health and maintaining relationships.
Later in the day, a musical evening was arranged at the Gangubai Hanagal Auditorium in the MCPH Compound, in an attempt to bring mental health and music enthusiasts together. The programme saw a full house and performances ranging from jazz to hillsong, from instrumentals and covers to original pieces. The day concluded with a soulful retro medley performance by music group Early Sunset.
A participant performs a piece on the keyboard during the musical evening. || Photograph Courtesy: Yeshaswini Srihari
Featured Image Courtesy: Yeshaswini Srihari
Edited by: Drishti Sanyal