GCET Jammu organizes webinar on ‘Mental Health & Suicide Prevention’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 28: The Start Up Cell of Government College of Engineering and Technology (GCET), Jammu organized a webinar on ‘Mental Health & Suicide Prevention’ in collaboration with the IIT Bombay under the initiative “HOPE: Healing Occurs with Positivity and Expression”.
The webinar was organized under the chairmanship of Talat Parvez Rohella, Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Higher Education Department, J&K. Dr Arti Nadu, renowned Psychologist and Socialist from the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), India was the keynote speaker. The NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of peoples affected by mental illness.
Dr Arti talked about Mental Health awareness that has, in recent times, proved to be of utmost importance. She discussed about the various mental health issues, techniques to control the anger, changing the way to understand physical and mental health differences, guiding one’s thoughts, positively handling depression thus preventing suicide cases in society, and much more.
Dr Sameru Sharma, Principal GCET Jammu presided over the event while Dr Bhawna Sharma, Sheetai Gandotra, Sanjeev Gupta, Associate Professors and Irshad Kasana (Student Coordinator of Webinar) were also present.
The webinar was attended by around 150 participants comprising of students and faculty from various institutions of J&K besides GCET Jammu and IIT Bombay and made the event a grand success. The participants put forth a number of questions and indeed the entire session was very interactive, motivating and interesting. The program was dedicated to defeating mental health’s negative stigma and raising awareness about various mental health issues.
Earlier, Irshad (Student Webinar Coordinator) welcomed the participants and guided the proceedings. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Bhawna Sharma, Chairperson, Start Up Cell, GCET Jammu and Irshad Kasana, Student Webinar Coordinator.