Faculty of Behavioural Sciences organized a series of events as part of mental health week program on 7th and 8th October, 2016. World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized 10th October as World Mental Health Day (WMHD). The aim of this day is to spread mass awareness regarding different mental health issues. Every year, across different parts of the world, WMHD is celebrated in different ways on the basis of a theme set by World Mental Health Federation. This year’s theme was “Dignity in Mental Health: Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All”. FBS organized two awareness events in and around SGT University campus in order to sensitize people with mental health concerns.
On 7th October, a team of volunteers from Sambandh Health Foundation (SHF; an NGO based in Gurugram) visited the university to conduct a workshop among students. The workshop consisted of a series of activities performed by seven members of SHF out of which three were recovering patients with mental illness. First they asked students to write on a piece of paper what they understood by mental illness. Then one of the patient volunteers, asked some questions regarding prevalent myths about mental illness. This was followed by a series of acts where student volunteers were also invited to participate and a situation was performed where symptoms of common mental illnesses were enacted. Last activity was a silent act depicting the need to respect mentally ill people and recognize them beyond labels of psychological disorders.
On 8th October, students from the Department of Clinical Psychology participated in an awareness rally in Budhera village with three faculties. The rally was aimed to make residents of nearby community areas aware about mental health issues. Students distributed pamphlets and carried posters with them to spread awareness.