Jammu and Kashmir Centre For Peace And Justice (JKCPJ) Monday interacted with students at the Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Batamaloo Srinagar on mental health.
The JKCPJ team and mental health experts spread awareness about mental health, reads the organisation’s press release.
They encouraged children to share their daily stresses with their friends and family and advised them not to feel ashamed of having mental health issues.
The NGO talked about the importance of recognizing the early signs of mental disorders and how they can chart the course of one’s life. “Teenagers must develop a social support system that protects them from the risk factors of developing a mental illness. Mental health can be managed with exercise, proper diet and nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle,” they added.
Furthermore, young school children were made comfortable enough which helped them to share their views and their struggles with the team and educated them on ways to manage their daily stresses.
The JKCPJ team addressed the audience which helped them to understand the importance of bonding and shared tips for keeping an open communication line with their loved ones to improve one’s mental health.
The principal and staff of Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Batamaloo Srinagar, shared beneficial input with the JKCPJ team.
They said children’s mental health in today’s time suffers the most due to their personal as well as societal problems and as a result, their education is affected the most. “The school administration also encouraged the JKCPJ team to spread mental health awareness on a wider scale as it is the need of the hour,” they added.
The principal Nusrat Jan appreciated the efforts of JKCPJ foundation for spreading awareness about mental health. She requested the team to have some more interactions with students on mental health. “The students remained positive, happier, confident, more excited and warmer during interaction.”