Gangtok, 05 Apr:
Considering the appalling number of suicides in Sikkim, and particularly in Rhenock, the Government College Rhenock organised a daylong programme on Mental Health Awareness today in collaboration with doctors from the Health Department, a press communiqué from Lobsang Chopel Lepcha, Asst Professor at the college.
The programme was coordinated by the NSS Unit of the college and was addressed by a team of Health experts headed by Dr Satish Rasaily, District Nodal Officer, Mental Health Programme, East Sikkim, with Psycholgists Sonam Tongden, Pinkey Bhutia and Devendra Singh, all from Department of Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry, Singtam District Hospital.
To boost enthusiasm among students and to ensure their total participation, the programme started with a brief inter-semester quiz competition based on Mental Health.
Later, emphasizing mental health, the team of experts spoke on various issues from drug addiction and it being one of the root causes of damaging mental health to mental disorder and depression, its various early signs and its treatment, to suicide and its prevention.
These deliberations were also followed with interactive sessions during which students openly placed various issues before the experts.
On the sidelines, one-on-one counseling was also arranged for students with the Psychiatrist to address their issues and saw students coming forward with their problems.
In conclusion, the Principal expressed gratitude towards the team and Health Department for making the event possible and shared that it would go a long way towards mitigating social ills like depression and suicides.