Parents should talk openly with children when it comes to mental health: Awanish Awasthi

Children, parents and teachers were made aware of the upcoming Mental Health Day.

Lucknow: In association with Neuro Psychiatric Center and Childline Lucknow ‘Hum’, Awanish Awasthi, IAS, Chief Advisor to the Chief Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh was the chief guest in the program organized for World Mental Health Day at Comfort Inn Hotel, Gomtinagar.

In his address he said that “With time, not only adults but children are also facing mental problems; there can be many types of family environment or other reasons. Parents should talk openly with children, children are very honest and he speaks freely when he talks. Ask children about their routines, if they have any problems, try to improve those things, as well as control children’s exposure to negative news and mobile games.

He said mobile games and negative news have a bad effect on the minds of children. Child line director Dr. Sangeeta Sharma made the children aware about the services of Childline 1098 and told that in case of any problem, it can be contacted at any time in 24 hours.

She apprised them about the issues of child abuse and the data of Lucknow Child Line. On this occasion Prof. Pallavi Bhatnagar, retired Head, Department of Psychology, Lucknow University talked about understanding children sensitively. Dr. Shabri Dutta, Senior Psychiatrist at Noormanjil apprised everyone about the mental health of women.

Dr. Farooq Ansari of Chandan Hospital said despite being a doctor himself, he remained ignorant of mental health and told that many times even doctors are unable to cope with it and they die at a young age. Dr. Abhinav Pandey, while sharing his clinical experiences, told that how people reach the doctor with minor injuries but hide their mental health, due to which life is filled with difficulty and its far-reaching effect is for the people around. And it also affects the society.

It was told by Dr. Aastha Sharma Psychiatric Consultant that keeping in mind the mental health of children in schools, NCERT has issued instructions for schools, which states that an advisory plan to take care of teachers, girl students and their mental health. be made. Apart from this, there should be mental healthy programs for all the school managers, principals, teachers and other staff students.

This program was organized with massive participation from schools like  Study Hall, St. Anges Public School, CMS Gomtinagar Branch, Spring Dale College, St.Ann’s, Vardan International Academy and Loreto Convent. Various competitions were organized like street plays, painting, essay competitions. The winning children were honored with medals as prizes and the chief guests who came were felicitated with mementos and bouquets by Dr. Sangeeta Sharma and Dr. Anuradha Vinayak.

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