Positive Intervention for Mental Illnesses

JU News Desk
Published: November 2016

Workshop on mental illnesses discusses ways in which negativity associated with mental illnesses can be mitigated

How should psychological illnesses be dealt with? A two-day workshop organised by the Department of Psychology, Jain University in association with the University of Bolton, UK scrutinised some of the key areas that are involved in dealing with mental health and well-being of people. The resource persons for the workshop were Dr. Jerome Carson, Professor from the University of Bolton and Chathurika Kannangara, a research scholar from the same institution. Chathurika is also an Alumni of Jain University and had pursued her Masters in Psychology here.

Dr. Carson who has worked extensively on mental health recovery conducted a workshop on the theme, Recovery from Long-term Health Problems: Is there Hope? Dr. Carson began the workshop with a question directed at the participants, “What do you understand by recovery?” The question opened up a debate which added to the understanding of the term, recovery in terms of mental illnesses.

The consulting psychologist and academician shed light on different aspects of mental health issues. “Recovery has two very significant aspects, clinical and personal. Clinical recovery refers to the improvement in symptoms. Personal recovery is more about finding meaning and purpose in life again.” He also delved into bi-polar disorder and origin of mental illnesses and pointed out that several patients of mental illnesses are victims of abuse.

One of the highlights of the workshop was videos of people who have suffered from mental health illnesses. Experiences undergone by patients who have recovered and are on the path to recovery. Stories of recovered patients gave the participants a unique perspective of the people suffering from these illnesses and the stages they go through during recovery.

Chathurika conducted the second session on Languishing versus Thriving Dyslexia. The research scholar is pursuing her studies on positive interventions for dyslexia and shared several important insights on the topic. “Dyslexia should not be categorized as a negative condition that defines a person’s entire learning experience,” she said, dispelling several myths associated with the condition.

Her session included an explanation of the latest diagnostic criteria for Specific Learning Disabilities. Chathurika also gave examples of several famous personalities who are achievers in their fields despite being dyslexic.