Report on Mental Health Day Celebration

Date: October 10, 2023
Location: SUM College of Teacher Education

Mental Health Day is an annual observance dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues, reducing stigma, and promoting mental well-being. SUM College of Teacher Education organized a Mental Health Day Celebration on October 10, 2023, to emphasize the significance of mental health in our lives.

Program Schedule:
The event commenced at 10:00 a.m. with a prayer song, setting a serene tone for the proceedings. Mr. George Joseph, the designated teacher in charge of the Mental Health Day Celebration, extended a warm welcome to all attendees. He highlighted the theme of this year’s Mental Health Day: “Mental health is a universal human right.”

Inaugural Address:
Dr. CV. Jayasree, the Principal of SUM College of Teacher Education, presided over the function. In her inaugural address, she underscored the pivotal role of mental health in shaping healthy individuals, societies, and nations. She emphasized the need for both mental and physical well-being to achieve a balanced life.

Keynote Speech:
The focal point of the event was a discussion on “Teachers as Healed Healers.” Mr. Anoop Sivadas, Assistant Professor at the Psychology Department of Brennen College, Thalassery, served as the keynote speaker. He engaged the audience in an interactive session, exploring various aspects of mental health. Mr. Sivadas addressed prevalent issues such as discrimination, harmful stereotypes, and stigma surrounding psychological wellness, emphasizing the importance of inclusive environments and healthy social interactions.

Mental Health Club Inauguration:
As part of the celebration, the Mental Health Club was inaugurated by Mr. Anoop Sivadas. The following individuals were appointed to key positions within the club:

  • President: Ms. Swathi P.
  • Secretary: Ms. Aswathi P. Ashokan
  • Treasurer: Ms. Megha Sudhakaran

Helpline Desk:
Mr. George Joseph introduced various helpline numbers catering to mental health issues. Noteworthy among them were:

  1. DISHA: A toll-free helpline number (1056) providing guidance, counseling, and information on physical and mental health issues, operated jointly by the National Health Mission and the Department of Health and Family Welfare.
  2. Chiri Helpline Desk: A project launched by the Honorable Chief Minister of Kerala, aimed at ensuring the well-being of children. The helpline (9497900200) provides support for children in distress and promotes their overall well-being.

Vote of Thanks:
The event concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Ms. Swathi, the President of the Mental Health Club. She expressed gratitude to all participants, speakers, and organizers for their valuable contributions to the successful celebration of Mental Health Day.

The Mental Health Day Celebration at SUM College of Teacher Education provided a platform for meaningful discussions, insights, and initiatives aimed at promoting mental well-being within the college community and beyond. By fostering awareness and support networks, such events play a crucial role in advancing mental health advocacy and ensuring holistic development.

By George