Special Session for World Mental Health Day
The path to inner peace begins with a step towards understanding oneself; It is a journey of introspection, reorientation, and self-care. In celebration of World Mental Health Day 2022, Indian Education School, Kuwait, organised an insightful session on mental health awareness for the students of grades 11 and 12 under the aegis of the Department of Psychology on 13 October, 2022 in the school auditorium. Dr. Seema Girija Lal, a professional mental health consultant and trainer, and member of I.C.E (International Council to Enrich Empower and Enable) was invited as the resource person for the session.
With over twenty years of professional experience, Dr. Seema Girija Lal has worked tirelessly with both government and non-government institutions towards sensitising not only teachers but parents and students alike, in understanding neurodiversity and how to handle matters related to mental health and physical wellbeing. This year’s session was curated based on questions on emotional health and well-being which were meticulously collected from the students of grades 11 and 12 a few days before the session.
Following the welcome address by Ms. Preethi K. Nair, the School Counsellor, the session proceeded with a focus on the queries raised by the students. A clear plan of action was laid before the students on how their concerns could be resolved. Students were enlightened on how to identify and handle stressful and confusing life situations using a four-step process encapsulated by the acronym ARCH (Awareness, Reflection, Communication, Health). Dr. Seema Girija Lal helped the students understand the various factors that affect one’s mental, emotional, and physical health. She assured the students that experiencing emotions such as anxiety, sadness, and anger, is not to be feared as they are part of life and emphasised the importance of mental hygiene to properly handle these emotional experiences. The importance of self-motivation, self-care and healthy social interaction was also reiterated.
As a token of gratitude, a certificate of appreciation was shared with Dr. Girija Lal on behalf of the Management and Senior Leadership Team of the school. The session ended with the vote of thanks by Ms. Farah Noorjahan Sahim of grade 12 who thanked the speaker for her insightful and inspiring presentation.