A Message About Psychological Health during Corona Pandemic
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), WB organized a Webinar on "Mental Well-Being : The Need of the Hour" on June 17, 2020.
The Hon'ble Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Saikat Maitra is deeply concerned about the mental well being of MAKAUT family amidst this Corona pandemic and the subsequent Lockdown imposed by the Government.
Prof. Maitra said that we may be irritated by seeing the same set of family members everyday in front of us due to our confinement. But we should be grateful that we have got this quality time to spend with our near and dear ones. We should enjoy it and stay safe.
People who are staying alone may fall prey to loneliness and depression, which can lead to addiction. So everybody must follow a routine and do physical exercises, listen to songs, read books and nurture their talents to stay mentally and physically fit.
The session was co-ordinated by Prof. Sujit Mukherjee, and the panelists were Prof. Sibamay Dasgupta, Prof. Indranil Mukherjee and Dr. Subhashis Datta.
Prof. Dasgupta shared 5 recommendations that must be followed to keep mental stress and anxiety at bay.
Other speakers also advised to stay safe and maintain psycological health.
Good mental health and well being, and not simply the absence of mental illness, have been shown to result in health, social and economic benefits for individuals, communities and populations.
Such benefits include:
• better physical health
• reductions in health-damaging behaviour
• greater educational achievement
• improved productivity
• higher incomes
• reduced absenteeism
• less crime
• more participation in community life
• improved overall functioning
• reduced mortality.
Thus we must remember there is no health without mental health and keep ourselves and our near and dear ones mentally healthy.