On the 10th of October each year, we observe World Mental Health Day. This day serves as a reminder to raise awareness about mental health and well-being.
It is crucial to instil mental health awareness from a young age, to ensure that individuals know its importance, recognise when to seek professional help, know how to support their peers and loved ones, and know how to remain mindful of their surroundings.
To mark this year’s World Mental Health Day, Knowledgeum Academy organised a Talk on Adolescent Mental Health for learners by Ms. Uma Warrier, a psychological counsellor and a professor at CMS Business School. Adolescence is a period marked by significant changes, including hormonal changes, bodily transformations, changes in the social environment, and cognitive development. Although most young people transition into healthy adults, adolescence can bring vulnerability to mental health issues.
Ms. Uma Warrier began the session with an engaging icebreaker activity to create a welcoming atmosphere. She covered essential topics, such as the significance of mental health, identifying signs and symptoms, seeking assistance, and offering support.
The informative session concluded with the song “Tu Jhoom,” dedicated to all the learners, and a reminder that any deprivation today may pave the way for something better in the future.