Sargodha; The Department of Psychology and Couseling Center University of Sargodha featured a series of lectures on the theme of ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’ and a ‘Pink Ribbon Youth Awareness Program’ to commemorate Mental Health Day 2021 at Noon Auditorium on Oct 28.
The veteran psychologists and professionals including Prof. Dr. Ali Zulqurnain Head Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Niazi Medical & Dental College Sargodha, Prof. Dr. Ali Sajid Director & Dr. Rafiq Dar Associate Professor Lahore School of Professional Studies (LIPS) University of Lahore, Dr. Gullnaz Zahid Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences NUST Islamabad, Dr. Aneela Masood Head Department of Behavioral Sciences, Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi, Dr. Khawaja Muhammad Arshad Associate Professor Pediatric Department SMC Sargodha, Dr. Rubina Asghar Consultant Gynecologist Faiz Memorial Teaching Hospital Sargodha, Ms. Farah Amanat Senior Clinical Psychologist ASD Welfare Trust Lahore, and Dr. Najma Iqbal Chairperson Department of Psychology & Incharge Counseling Center University of Sargodha, delivered lectures to ensure mental well-beingness.
On the first day of the workshop, the professionals shared their extensive insights about the challenges and solutions of mental health issues and mentioned that various silent pathogens wreak havoc on our psychological health but go unnoticed. Through stress management strategies and counseling, mental health can be ensured, and by altering some factors and treating them well, we may safeguard our mental health.
Similarly, on the second day, a discussion was held on understanding children with special needs and challenges for their caregivers, and preventive measures of breast cancer & mental health Coping were also thoroughly deliberated during the seminar. Dr. Khawaja Arshad said that special children must be handled with a delicate human touch. They need particular consideration and care, as well as moral support from family and community. While Dr. Rubina Asghar said that Breast cancer is rapidly increasing in our country and females are hesitant to discuss it with family members, and when they do, they suffer on both physical and psychological levels, therefore, they need proper counseling.
Dr. Najma Iqbal emphasized the objective of Mental Health Day by equating it with Pandemic circumstances that are wreaking havoc on socioeconomic stability while also jeopardizing mental health on a global scale. She also highlighted the Counseling Center’s proactive involvement in providing online counseling services throughout the pandemic outbreak.
Online panelists emphasized upon promoting mental health in academic institutes and the role of the educator to raise awareness among young future professionals. Nowadays, academic pressure contributes to a slew of psychological difficulties. By exploring this area in academic situations, it will aid students in vividly grasping concepts and nourishing their mental health. Furthermore, during this workshop, an awareness camp was also installed regarding the promotion of the mental health of youth and awareness of breast cancer.