|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Oct, 31: Five-day long training programme for faculty members on Mental Health First Aid concluded today. The event was organized by Govt College for Women, Parade Ground, Jammu in collaboration with Higher Education Department, Govt. of J&K. The resource persons for the event were from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, Dr Samir Kumar Praharaj, Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Kasturba Medical College, MAHE, Manipal, and Dr Shweta Rai, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, Manipal College of Health Profession, MAHE, Manipal, Karnataka. Prof (Dr) S.P. Sarswat, Principal, Govt. College for Women, Parade Ground, Jammu who is also the Patron-Psychological, Career Counselling & Placement Cell, Jammu Province presided over the training program as the Chairperson.
Principal, Prof (Dr) S.P. Saraswat while addressing the gathering said that mental health awareness to students and timely help to them is the need of the hour. Students most of the time face mental health crisis and due to sigma related to mental health they avoid seeking help from professionals. Thus major thrust should be on how they can be provided information on different mental health problems and whom they may approach for professional help. Faculty members of Degree Colleges from across different districts of Jammu Province participated in the training program. Topics that were covered during the training program were-role of mental health first aid providers, understanding of depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviours, substance use disorders, psychosis, eating disorder etc. which the adolescents and the young adults usually experience. The training programme received an overwhelming response from the participants.