SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMME


The term “School Mental Health Programme” in recent years have taken on a much broader meaning with an increasing emphasis on the host of possibilities ARF provide for clinicians, teachers, administrators, students, families, and community members to collaborate in promoting the overall well-being of all students.

It is a well-established fact that today’s students have been experiencing troubles in many different sources from changing life-styles, different occupational choices, rising expectations from parents, teachers, the media, friends and models of social relationships.

Even those children who attend school regularly are not free from stress and pressure. Our poor system of education is to be largely blamed for this sorry state of affairs. Learning is devoid of interest. The monotony of their studies are not broken by the fun and frolic associated with childhood.

Dr.Swarnarekha Bhat (Head of the Department of St.John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore) hits the nail on its head with this very prudent remark, “there has been an observable change in the life-style of children who now face multiple demands, many of which cut into their sleep time. There is this pressure of studies, the long travel time to school and the influence of their parents’ life-style and routine all of which inevitably impact on them”. They do not get the maximum amount of sleep that is conducive to good health. They even go to the extent of watching TV and playing video games, when they ought to be sleeping.

A normal, healthy, right thinking brain is a priceless treasure. It is the only essential lynch pin that holds together all mental and physical processes that goes into the making of a normal, rational-thinking human being. The working of the human mind is still subject to mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, credulity-defying and ever-fascinating research.

To sum up let us consider this insightful observation of Dr. Daniel.L.Schater, Chairman of Havard University’s Psychology Department and internationally recognized as one of the world’s authorities on memory- “Memories both good and bad of the past, present and incredibly of the future too, are elements of the bridge across time which allow to link the mind with the world”.

Mental health of the children should be protected which will contribute the nation’s development. To improve mental health of children and adolescents by reaching out to the community and intervening at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels Athma Education and Research Foundation organizes at least 100 school mental health programmes and workshops.

Teen suicide is a universal disaster. 9-15% of suicides happen during exam period especially after results. Killing one’s self seems to be the only way out to save themselves from the miseries that they find themselves in. Hence, every year pre and post examinations we are conducting awareness programs related to exam fear/anxiety and suicide prevention through mass media and pamphlets.