Delhi Public School R.K. Puram organised a Guest Speaker Programme on the topic “Mental Health”on 25th May 2020 for students of classes IX-XII.

The guest speaker is Dr  Mina Chandra,who  is a Fellow at WHO in Drug and Alcohol Medicine and is a MBBS gold medalist. She completed her PhD in Neurology and is the Joint Secretary, Coordinator of student wing and Member of Steering committee at Central India Unit of UNESCO. She is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the Centre of Excellence in Mental Health at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences and Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital New Delhi.

The session began with a warm welcome to Dr. Chandra, and an address by our Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayyar. Dr. Chandra then spoke about the meaning and importance of mental health, and shed light upon adolescent mental well-being. She highlighted the importance of being resilient, and enlightened us with topics such as self-actualization and self-esteem. She focused on four issues: stress, depression, anxiety, and addiction, and gave us deep insight into each of the four issues. Furthermore, Dr. Chandra emphasised on the fact that it is okay to reach out for help, and that having a mental health issue doesn’t make an individual inferior. 

This was followed by a Question and Answer session which was conducted by Devina of 12 U where  Dr. Chandra provided insightful answers to the wide-ranging questions from the audience. The programme concluded with a Vote of Thanks  by the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra.

The event was organised by Ms Preeti Pratihari and Ms. Kaveri Dhar with technical support from Mr. Mukesh Kumar and his team.