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MLCU disseminates awareness on mental health at city school

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SHILLONG, Oct 10: The School of Social Work (Medical & Psychiatric Social Work and Family & Child Studies Specializations), Martin Luther Christian University, on Monday, observed the World Mental Health Day by organising awareness programme in Pearly Dew Higher Secondary School at Jaiaw Laitdom.
In keeping with this year’s global them ‘Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for All a Global Priority’, faculty and students of the School of Social Work gave presentations and performed skits to highlight the importance of mental health.
Speaking during the event, Principal of Pearly Dew Higher Secondary School Dr T Kharsati spoke about the importance of being informed and awareness about mental health issues in these times.
Maintaining that schoolchildren face contemporary mental health issues such as cyberbullying, game addiction, etc., the school principal stressed on the need for interventions and discources especially for school-going students.
Faculty member of MLCU’s School of Social Work D Nongrum highlighted various mental health issues among adolescents and young people along with the importance of mental health and seeking professional help.
The students from MLCU also performed a skit on bullying and its prevention focusing on seeking help when in such a crisis, which was followed by a Quiz.
The school students also shared an interactive session with the faculty and students of MLCU where they used their drawings and art work to express their thoughts about mental health, its importance and the issues they face on a daily basis.

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