Indore: Struggling with mental health issues is normal, and we must remember that it’s okay not to be okay once in a while, explained professor Lisa Kim Son of Barnard College, New York, USA, in an international webinar with participants from 10 different countries organised by school students from Indore. The event was organised by 6 students of grade 12 and 10 of Choithram School, Indore.
The webinar was organised on the theme 'Happy D.O.S.E' to boost the happiness chemicals, Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, Endorphins, and instil positivity and mental well-being during this pandemic.
“We all have good and bad days. No one can be perfectly happy all of the time, that is not human,” Lisa said. She added that for those who are struggling with mental illness and/or grief, dealing with this pressure to always seem happy can be even more challenging, as a lot of days are low.
“Some healthy coping strategies include journaling, coloring, playing a sport, going on a run, yoga, deep breathing, and so many more can help you deal with a bad day,” Lisa said.
Further, Dr Sara Byczek, Director of Psychological Counselling Services, University of Michigan, USA, said, “Human beings are not perfect but they are perfectible.”
The two professors clarified misconceptions regarding depression, anxiety and mental health issues through an interactive Q&A session.
The webinar was organised with the objective of raising awareness regarding mental health issues and mobilising efforts to ensure mental well-being,
The event witnessed participation of over 200 attendees from 10 different countries – USA, Canada, UK, Argentina, Taiwan, Lebanon, Turkey, Nepal, Bangladesh and India.
Students organised the event serving as a global virtual platform to bring advancements and comprehensive awareness towards ideas that can create an impact, in collaboration with a US based organisation.
Sara indulged the attendees in a mindful relaxation activity which involved shifting focus on any object around us. Lisa talked about metacognition, and how courage plays a pivotal role in overcoming challenges to our mental health.