Aligarh: Hundred Thousand Poets for Change (100 TPC) collobrates with Standford University for archiving and documenting organized a Mental Health Awareness Program with the aim to break the stigma attached with mental health and encourage the students to address their psychological issues easily at Begum Azeezun Nisa Hall.
The students? recieted poems on the topic, ?Power of Poetry: Giving Voice to Mental Health?. The selected students presented their spoken word poems addressing various mental health and psychological issues.
The poetry recitation session was followed by a Nukkad Natak titled ?Maut Ka Muh Band Karo, Aatma Hatya Se Bachao? prepared and performed by the students of the Psychological Society. It was focused on pertinent issue of the increasing suicide rates in the country and its remedial measures.
The guest speaker Prof Roomana N Siddiqui (Chairperson of the Psychology Department) urged the residents and non-resident students to reach out to their friends, family, teachers and close ones with their mental problems. She underlined the fact that ?having a mental issue is not a big deal and it?s not a sign of weakness?. She explained the difference between a counselor and a psychiatrist and who to approach when.
In her welcome address Provost of the hall Prof Subuhi Khan announced that of three student counselors, Afreen, Anum and Zohra (Research Scholars from Department of Psychology and Dr. Ashfia Nishat as the (Warden in-Charge) have been for counseling for BAN-Hall, to address the issues of the resident students.
Prof Nazia Hasan, Dr M Sharjeel Chaudhary, and Dr Shadab Bano, Dr Parvez Alam, and Dr Sana Aziz were present on the occasion were.
The program was organized by Ms Alisha Ibkar and the event was arranged by the team of wardens and the members of the hall committee.