Its ok not to be ok: A little act of kindness goes a long way
Gurugram, October, 2020: On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, Amity University Gurugram organized an event to promote global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. The theme of the event, Its Ok Not To Be Ok: A Little Act Of Kindness Goes A Long Way was an attempt to highlight some of the mental health issues and conditions in the form of role plays, poetry, experience sharing videos for creating awareness. As every individual has suffered their share of lows in this lockdown period, this event was a gentle reminder that it is normal to feel low at times and our near and dear ones do have the ability to make us feel better by their little act of kindness.
Mental health Day was first celebrated in 1992 as an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. The year 2020 has been challenging for all adapting to the new normal of life. Thus the goal of 2020 World Mental health day campaign by the WHO is Increased investment in Mental health.
Sharing his thoughts on the event, Prof. (Dr) Padmakali Banerjee, Pro Vice Chancellor of Amity University Haryana, said, “The youth are the champions of change and the change-makers who can make a difference to the life of people around them. Practicing well-being and maintaining satisfying relationship network is key to a happier life”.
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From highlighting the stigmas and taboos attached with mental health to sensitizing the masses and throwing light on the struggles that are faced by people through poems and dance, students performed array of activities that commemorated at the event.
Mental health needs more sunlight, more candor, and more candid conversation. In the last few months, it feels like the world had come to a standstill due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The event was a way to make everyone realize that there actually has never been a better time to talk about mental health. Because mental health has never been a universal concern for everybody at the same time.
About Amity University Gurugram:
Amity University Gurugram is built on a foundation that embodies all the qualities that have made Amity institutions world-class over the last two decades. It has instituted global standards in education, training, and research with state-of-the-art infrastructure and the latest teaching methodologies. With an industry-integrated curriculum, the University trains future leaders of the corporate world by blending modernity with tradition in each of its students. Situated in the picturesque, 110-acre Amity Education Valley, in the close proximity of Gurgaon, one of India's biggest corporate hubs. The university has over 150 UGC recognized UG and PG courses, 1,000 + faculty and scientist, 1040 patents filed, by the faculty of Amity group over the last years and 20 Inter-disciplinary research centers. The campus provides a multicultural environment with the presence of students from across India and more than 15 countries, who share the diversity of regions, ethnicities, flavors, and cuisines giving the campuses a global outlook.
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