Srinagar: A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) from Jammu and Kashmir held a mental health workshop at Lawaypora Government Secondary School for Boys, Srinagar.
Jammu and Kashmir Center for Peace and Justice (JKCPJ) mental health expert, Syed Manaal Andrabi spoke about the importance of mental wellbeing.
According to a press release from the NGO, Andrabi said that “it is essential to know that not all mental health problems are depression, as society often says. And not everyone who goes through a mental health crisis is abnormal and can improve with the necessary professional help. This can be achieved after having had a kind and supportive environment where one is not judged for behaving differently from most people in the area, rather than being ostracized by the general public”.
Other issues discussed in the session were drug addiction, voyeurism, bullying and bullying, which are on the rise among young people and require medical attention and counselling.
Additionally, students were enlightened on the need for career guidance and the importance of having objective goals for a sustainable future. Staff and students thanked the JKCPJ team for understanding and notifying the students’ needs.
The JK Center for Peace and Justice Foundation (JKCPJ) has launched a Mental Health Awareness Project in Kashmir to raise awareness among students with a commitment to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness through education, training and awareness. The program aligns with JKCPJ’s organizational mandate and is part of its statewide “Student’s Connect 2022” initiative.