The Social Service League of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram organised a Guest Speaker Programme on the topic “Care, compassion and communication-the way to a stress-free living” on May 24, 2021 for the members of the Social Service League of Classes X-XII. 

The Guest speaker, Dr. Neerja Chandna Peters is a specialist in Family Medicine and discovered her passion for art a decade ago. She practiced both medicine and art until she decided to take premature retirement from Central Government Healthcare Services as Chief Medical Officer to pursue art full time. Her works have been recently published in Bluebee magazine, London, Flora Fiction Literary magazine and Quarantine Zine, New York, Art-hole UK, The Knack Magazine U.S. and Indian Creative Minds magazine.  

During the programme, Dr. Peters enforced upon how, as students, in these trying times, it is crucial to take care of one’s mental health. She suggested ways like listening to one another, and being there for one’s peers. She also shed light upon the importance of reaching out if one needs professional help, and the need to get rid of the stigma associated with it. 

This was followed by a Question and Answer session where Dr. Peters provided insightful answers to wide-ranging questions from the audience. She addressed a host of questions from students and teachers in the audience, and gave insight about how we need to be more compassionate and caring in this situation. 

The programme concluded with a Vote of Thanks, proposed by the teacher incharge of the Social Service League, Ms. Preeti Pratihari along with two students, Devina Singh of XII-V and Alma Ali of XII-U.