Ludhiana:The steady increase in the identification of psychological difficulties faced by school children shows the need to ensure their psychosocial well-being through an active collaboration between schools and mental health practitioners. Therefore, one must make sure to identify, evaluate and intervene when problems related to developmental delays, academic difficulties, peer pressure self-esteem and emotional functioning arise.
Interactive talks and workshops in many city hospitals for students, teachers and parents, designed to address concerns around child and adolescent mental health. These workshops are geared towards enabling positive parenting, effective teaching and providing stronger coping skills to children and adolescents. Some of the previous workshops have been on the topics such as effective classroom management, identification and intervention of children with psychological disorders and life-skills training with students.
Prosocial Peer Moderator Programme is a peer training programme designed to impart life skills education to students. The programme utilizes intensive and interactive workshops – training students from schools in an experiential learning format. These students then become positive role models for their peers so as to help other children learn healthier forms of behavior.
The Prosocial Peer Moderator Programme encompasses the following five modules:
→ Study and Exam Skills
→ Aggression Management
→ Risk Behaviour Management
→ Media Literacy
→ Gender Sensitization
The Counselor forum provides a platform for practicing school counselors to come together and voice their opinions, learn from the experiences of others and remain apprised of the latest advancements in the field.
Dr. Ajaypal Sandhu (Consultant Psychiatry) said, “Maximum patients of examination stress mainly come in the months of September till May, when the final examinations approaches. Children would become very angry and talk loudly to the parents and constantly thinking that they were a failure in their life and examination failure would result in punishment and parents get very angry at them.
It was seen that most of the students had a schedule where they got up early in the morning and went to school till afternoon. This was followed by tuition classes. This made them depressed and stick towards these particular activities and they can’t think of any creative thing to do.”