With the changing lifestyles and habits, the stress level
amongst the youth is on the rise which is worrisome as it might leads to
medical complications. This was stated by Head, Department of Psychiatry,
Government Medical College, Amritsar, Professor (Dr.) PD Garg while delivering
a key note address during the special program on the theme 'Young People and
Mental Health in the Changing World, organized by Khalsa College of Nursing (KCN)
on the occasion of World Mental Health day today.
He said the competitive world is posing new challenges and
youngsters are falling prey to anxieties and mental tensions which need care.
He said healthy lifestyle including nutritious diet, daily exercise,
positivity, social and family supports are required to tackle the stress. ``The
growing cases of mental illness in adolescence and the early years of adulthood
is worrisome and we need to sensitize the people on the dire need of putting an
end to mental health discrimination”, said Garg.
Khalsa College Governing Council Honorary Secretary Rajinder
Mohan Singh Chhina who was the chief guest at the program said that the society
is changing and so are the needs and wants which are leading to issues relating
the mental health. ``However there is a growing recognition of the importance
of helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in
order to cope with the challenges of today’s world", said Chhina.
He added that that promoting and protecting adolescent health
brings benefits not just to adolescents’ health, but also to economies and
society, with healthy young adults able to make greater contributions to the
workforce, their families and communities and society as a whole. The guests
were earlier welcomed by Principal Dr. Neelam Hans, Medical Officer
Charanjit Singh and vice Principal Dr.Monica who managed the stage well.
A poster exhibition on mental health, drugs addiction and
imbibing positivity in life was also displayed. Principal Dr. Neelam Hans said
there is requirement of spreading awareness and understanding about mental
illness in society and today the day has been dedicated to the theme by World
Health Organization (WHO).
Professor Amandeep Kaur, Professor Yashpreet Kaur
and others were present and they also highlighted the critical role of schools
and colleges in building the mental resilience of students and providing them
the much needed psychosocial support thus helping them cope with everyday
challenges. KCA Principal Dr. Mehal Singh, KCE Principal Dr. Harpreet Kaur, KCW
Principal Dr.Manpreet Kaur, staff and students were also present.