The Department of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology & Child guidance clinic had conducted a programme titled “School Mental Health-Need of the hour” on 17th Dec, 2017. The emphasis uses on the role of the teachers in promoting mental health in students.
Mental health problems affect is about 1 in 10 children and adolescents at some time during their youth, regardless of where they live and how well to do they are; the problems children undergo are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. They exhibit their impairment in a variety of ways. They may fail academically, be socially rejected and have a poor self image. They may also have difficulties in relating to peers or adults and may have little respect for the rules of the society. About 3% of school-age children suffer from serious mental illness such as severe depression, suicidal thoughts, Psychosis, anxiety, stress serious attention problems or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many children make it through their youth without showing significant behavioral, emotional or academic difficulties. This is due to a combination of successful coping skills and the amount of support available as well as the degree of environmental stress encountered.
The speakers were:
- B.Naga Nandini , MBBS , MRCPSYSCH (London),MBA(Hosp.adm)
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.
- Stuti Karmarkar , M.A(Psy),M.phil(clin.Psy)
The purpose of the talk was to familiarize teachers with the kind of emotional distress a child or an adolescent could go through and the needed help teachers could extend before any significant damage is done.