With the theme of “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”, the Residential Semester and RS Counseling Unit of BRAC University observed the World Mental Health Day on Saturday, 13 October 2018 from 11:30 am to 03:00 pm at the Residential Campus, Savar of BRAC University. The main objective of this celebration was to promote the importance of taking care of our mental health among young adults as they face different psychological issues in their daily lives.
The Campus Superintendent of the Residential Semester Mr. Rehan Ahmed inaugurated the event by giving opening speech on the significance of mental health well-being and the need for psychological help among the young adults. Moreover, he also highlighted the importance of taking care of mental health towards the students of residential semester Fall’18. Besides, the launching of the “Psychological Issue Box” was another attraction of this event where students can write their psychological issues and get answers from the counselors on a weekly basis. By this initiative, the students can be benefited by sharing their issues and getting guidelines from the Counseling Unit as well. After that, a flyer and a pair of the pigeon were blown up after the speech as the sign of peace and a rally of the students had around through the campus.
The second session of the ceremony took place at the open common space “Anandapur”. The counselors of the RS Counseling Unit interacted with the students regarding mental health issues. There were three booths for the students; “Relaxation Booth” for experiencing the relaxation techniques which will help them to soothe their state of mind. In the “Psychological Test Booth” students got the opportunity to know the current state of their stress, depression, and hope by filling up the measuring scales. In the “Self Help Booth”, students got some psychological well-being tips. There was a video playing throughout the time which helped students to be aware of taking care of their mental health. It was an open platform for the students to understand the significance of mental health in their lives and to come over the stigma and superstition regarding mental health issues.