The Department of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ), Tezpur University, in collaboration with the Youth Wellness Hub, Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health (LGBRIMH), Tezpur is hosting a three-day workshop on the promotion of emotional and mental health of youth from January 6 to 8.
The workshop titled ‘Pursuit of Wellness’, is aimed at fostering discussions around youth mental health issues with special reference to the Northeastern region of India, building awareness about youth mental health problems, and facilitating destigmatisation through dialogues. The workshop is supported by the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
While appreciating the initiatives undertaken by the Department of MCJ, Tezpur University, the speakers underscored the importance of creating awareness and sensitisation around mental health issues promoting wellness and happiness for the individual, social, and community well-being. They also emphasized upon the role of young people in this regard and how educational institutions can play a part in creating an enabling environment for the same.
The inaugural session was attended by Prof. S.K. Deuri, Director, LGBRIMH, Prof. Sibnath Deb, Director, RGNIYD, Prof. P.K Das, Dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tezpur University, Prof. Sonia P. Deuri, Head, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, LGBRIMH, and other dignitaries.
Dr. Nanda Kishore Kannuri, Additional Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad, and Dr. Jai Ranjan Ram, well-known Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist delivered the keynote addresses. Dr. Kannuri in his address highlighted upon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and deliberated on the intersectionality between mental health, SDGs, and the social determinants of health. Dr. Ram presented a roadmap for the prevention of mental illness and promotion of mental health with particular reference to the Indian context. A host of other eminent resource persons would be conducting sessions on different aspects of mental and emotional wellness during the three-day workshop.
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