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Mental wellbeing session: Anirvedha reaches out to Boliya Govt UGP School students

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Mangaluru: As part of the year-long project of reaching out to different groups that have difficulty with accessibility to mental health care under the WHO theme ‘Mental Health In Unequal World-2021,’ Anirvedha, a full-fledged resource center for psycholgical wellbeing for assessment, therapy and training in collaboration with NewsKarnataka has been conducting wellbeing sessions for various target groups. The target group for the November session that was held on Friday November 20 was the City’s Boliya Government Upper Graded Primary School students as the month marked Children’s Day.

The two-hour session from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm was on life skills and psychological development. The resource persons of the programme were Greeshma, Counselor, Anirvedha, and Dr. Supriya Sachin, Paediatric, Physiotherapist, Anirvedha, and Risha Saldanha, Speech Language Pathologist, Anirvedha.

The resource persons touched upon aspects of positive mental health and why it is a necessity. Further, the resource persons conducted interactive sessions on life skills through activities and games. The highlight was on imparting ten lifeskills listed by World Health Organisation to adapt and deal effectively with life challenges. The ten lifeskills that were introduced through the session were self-awareness, empathy, critical thinking, creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, effective communication, interpersonal relationship, coping with stress and coping with emotions.

The children from class 4 to 8 which is about 35 students were the participants of the programme.

The goal of the programme was to reach out to groups that are otherwise denied accessibility and provide them with agency to work on their psychological wellbeing.

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Sumayya Parveen A.

Sumayya is a Journalism, Eng. Literature and History Graduate & IAS Aspirant. She is also a budding writer and poetess.

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