Fostering Mental Well-Being

Anumeha Verma
Published: March 2018

Fostering Mental Well-Being

Vishwas organized an interactive session for the students and staff of the University on the World Mental Health Day

The Counselling Centre of Jain University, Vishwas celebrated the World Health Mental Day with a discussion on how students can be prepared to handle stress and strain in the workplace before they commence their professional careers. Held at the CMS Business School, the discussion was attended by a number of students and staff members.

fmwb1Organised by the team of Vishwas lead by Dr. Uma Warrier, Chief Counsellor, Jain University, the event took inspiration from the theme, mental health at work place, as declared by the World Health Organisation. Prof. Dinesh Nilkant, Director, CMS Business School welcomed the gathering on the occasion and stressed on the significance of mental health. “When you get up in the morning the first thought that comes to your head, defines your day. If the thought is positive, your day goes well. If it is negative, it affects your productivity negatively throughout the day,” he said. He added that the stigma attached to mental health often makes it difficult to discuss it openly at workplace.
Studies reveal that 70 per cent people are struggling with one or the other form of mental stress and yet, there are very few who take steps to address the issue. People management is one of the biggest challenges that one faces at a workplace and a manager needs to have a sound mental health for optimum functioning.

The guest for the occasion, Dr. Purnima Ganesh from Helping Hand, Banjara Academy conducted an interactive session with the students where she focused on different aspects of mental health. She began the session with an introduction to mental health and elaborated on the causes and its effects with special reference to the adolescents and young adults. She defined mental health as “being at peace with yourself and at harmony with others.”

Dr. Ganesh told the present gathering that the mental health of a person does not just affect him or her but also those around them. We unconsciously project our mood on others. “If we are angry and upset over an issue, our behavior towards others reflects the same.” With growing stress and strain in the modern era, mental health crisis has reached an alarming level. Such episodes of mental stress can be countered to a certain extent by finding a purpose in life. Once a person finds a worthy purpose, it becomes relatively easier to cope with the challenges.

Dr. Ganesh also focused on emotional turmoil that leads to depression and other forms of mental distress. She advised the students to reach out to their friends if they feel that someone is showing recurrent symptoms of withdrawal or unusual behaviour. “With introspection each one of you can become an emotional healer.”

Speaking on the occasion about maintaining the mental health of the employees, Dr. Uma Warrier stressed on the need for holistic plans. “Organisations should plan and design an integrated health and well-being strategy which should plan preventive measures, early identification, provision of professional support and rehabilitation.” She suggested that creating a robust interpersonal communication pattern to accommodate the needs of employees who need help can be one of the positive steps towards ensuring the mental well-being of employees at the workplace.

The occasion was also graced by Dr. N.V.H. Krishnan, Registrar, Jain University. He released the quarterly magazine of Vishwas that would be reaching thousands of student and teaching fraternity on the need to be cognizant of the mental health. A self-help kit was also distributed amongst the audience on maintaining mental and emotional well-being.

The event featured a short video on the activities of Vishwas and messages from the heads of various campuses of Jain University elucidating the significance of strengthening not just physical but also mental health.

 - Anumeha Verma is at present working with Jain University and believes that strategic communication plays a major role in solving development issues.