Srinagar: A Jammu and Kashmir non-governmental organisation (NGO) organized a mental health workshop at the Government Boys Secondary School Lawaypora, Srinagar.
Jammu and Kashmir Centre For Peace and Justice (JKCPJ) mental health expert Syed Manaal Andrabi spoke about the significance of mental well-being.
As per a press release by the NGO, Andrabi said that “it is essential to know that every mental health problem is not depression, as is often labeled by society. And every person who is going through some mental health struggle is not abnormal and can get better with the necessary professional help. This can be achieved after having a kind and supportive environment where one is not judged for behaving differently from most people in the surroundings, rather than being ostracized by the general public”.
The other issues addressed in the session were drug abuse, voyeurism, stalking, and harassment which are rising among the youth and need medical attention and counseling.
Moreover, the students were enlightened about the need for career guidance and the importance of having objective goals for a sustainable future. The staff and students thanked the team JKCPJ for understanding and notifying the students’ needs.
The JK Centre for Peace and Justice Foundation (JKCPJ) has started a mental health awareness project in Kashmir to raise awareness among the students with a commitment to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness through education, training, and awareness. The program is in line with JKCPJ’s organizational mandate and part of its state-wide initiative “Student’s Connect 2022”.