JK Centre for peace and Justice Foundation organized a Mental Health workshop at Hussaini Public High School, Khushipora, Srinagar.
Gowher Ahmad delivered the welcome address followed by a brief introduction about the organization and the speakers of the day.
JKCPJ Mental Health expert Manaal Andrabi spoke about the Health behaviors and problems among young people in Kashmir, cause for concern and call for action.
She claimed that a significant proportion of youth has health-impacting behaviors and conditions that affect their growth and development. “Stress, suicidal tendencies, substance use are some of the major health impacting behaviors and problems.”
She addressed the students of 6th to 10th standards, both boys and girls and made them familiar with the concepts and themes of various mental health issues such as phobias, stress and Schizophrenia.
She asked students to eliminate distractions while preparing for exams. The key to better exam results is consistent preparation with a calm mindset.
She also advised the students to teach their friends to retrieve what they have learned. “These small habits can help to manage exam stress that would reduce anxiety in students leaving them with stable mental health and well equipped for further course.”
Director JKCPJ foundation, Nadir Ali emphasized, there is a strong need to identify, prepare, integrate and implement activities that will help to promote mental health of young people.
In the series of workshops targeting Mental Health JK Centre for peace and Justice Foundation (JKCPJ) visited another school with the same mission to educate students about mental health.
These workshops support the emotional health and academic growth of the students. The Program was in line with JKCPJ’s organizational mandate and part of its state-wide initiative “Student’s Connect 2022”.
About 400 students participated in this workshop. Both teachers and students hailed the JKCPJ foundation for conducting such programs. The students remained positive, happier, confident more excited and warmer during the interaction.