NEWS ARCHIVE - October 2023

World Mental Health Awareness Walk

World Mental Health Day organized by Department of Applied Psychology

World Mental Health Day is observed every year on October 10th to create awareness about the significance of good mental health. Department of Applied Psychology celebrated it today and held different activities in line with this year’s official theme of World Mental Health Day - ‘Mental Health is a Universal Human Right’. 

mentalHealthDay5.jpeg - 318.13 kBThe day started with a mental health awareness walk, which was joined by senior administration, faculty, and students of the university. Free mental health screening camp was set up on the campus where dozens of students showed up for assessment services. Students were assessed on well-being, life satisfaction, happiness index, gratitude, resilience, self-esteem, and stress. They also recommended useful tips to enhance their mental well-being. Mental health understanding and awareness were promoted in the students through different creative activities. In addition, students came up with presentations of live character portrayal of mental health issues like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, social anxiety, drug addiction, narcissistic personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD and eating disorders. A compassion wall was also placed, and guests and students  were actively involved in small tasks to recognise its benefits for positive mental health. The character portrayals were specifically planned for the purpose of creating awareness, reducing myths as well as mental health stigma. The campus looked vibrant with shades of green, purple, yellow, and blue to support mental health!

mentalHealthDay8.jpeg - 278.70 kBIncharge Psychological Society Dr. Nudra Malik said that mental health issues are prevalent among youth, and creating awareness is important as young people deserve to get the mental health support they need no matter what.

mentalHealthDay10.jpeg - 258.50 kBOn this occasion, Chairperson Professor Dr. Amina Muazzam explained how these activities will contribute to enhancing positive mental health in students. She also stressed mobilising efforts on community and government level to support those experiencing mental health issues and make its treatment and management accessible to all.

Former professor of Psychology Prof Shireen Asad and Former Chairperson Psychology, GCU Prof. Dr. Syeda Shahida Batool graced the event with their presence.mentalHealthDay7.jpeg - 249.40 kB

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