Workshop On Mental Wellness Held

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SRINAGAR —  The Inner Call, Forum for Evolution, Development & Awareness in collaboration with the Department of Psychology, Government College for Women conducted a one-day workshop on “modern technology and mental wellness.”

Students from various departments of the college participated in the awareness workshop. Doctors from the Institute of Mental Health, GMC Srinagar, organized group exercises for students and also held counselling sessions with students.

Addressing the students at the workshop, Deputy Mayor Shiekh Mohammad Imran shared real-life experiences. He advised the students to not get addicted to social media. He shared his concern with the students that such addiction could detract their focus and adversely impact them academically.

Prof Fayaz Ahmad Nikka, Registrar, Central University of Kashmir, flagged various areas of concern regarding modern technology, and how it can affect mental health. He stressed that students must self-monitor themselves while they are online. He urged the students not to be heavily dependent on modern technology.

Principal GCW Prof Shaheen Altaf said that these days, students are commonly facing problems like social media addiction. She laid stress on conducting more and more such workshops focusing on mental wellness.

Prof Shaheen Altaf said that such activities make “students aware of how modern technology and the use of social media platforms can be addictive.” She said that the workshop informed the students about the support systems available to deal with such addiction.

Affan Yesvi, Secretary The Inner Call, said that modern “times are increasingly marked by nuclear families, where youth lack the support system provided by the grandparents and the larger family network.” He said that the isolation “faced by the youth made them seek interaction on social media platforms.”

But if social media interaction was excessive, it was cause for concern, said Yesvi.

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