Chandigarh College of Education organized a National Seminar on “Mental Health and Human Resilience : Societal Concern” on April 7, 2018.

The Chief Guest on the occasion was Dr. Kulwinder Singh, Prof., Deptt. Of Education and Community Service, Punjabi Univ. Patiala, The key note speaker on the occasion was Dr. Pramod Kumar, Senior Consultant Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chd. The inaugural of the seminar began with the lighting of lamp facilitated by Dr. PN Hrisheekesha, Campus Dir. CGC, Er. AC Sharma, Dir. HR & Admin, CGC, Dr. Sneh Bansal, Principal, CCE along with the chief guest and key note speaker. Post the lamp lighting ceremony, Ravneet invoked Goddess Sarawati and enchanted the gathering with her melliufluous composition. Er. AC sharma inspired the delegates through his welcome address. He focused on staying positive, high-spirited. He talked about establishing good understanding between each other so that one can develop healthy state of mind. He Subsequently, Dr. Sneh Bansal lent an insight into the theme of the seminar with her presentation. She raised the slogan "Stand Up Against Stigma". She also kept forth the rising cases of sucides smongstvyoungsters which are the cause of nuclear family. She also motivated all to remain happy, positive and meditate. Dr. Pramod apprised the delegates of the different types of depression which if normally referred to is an emotional state of mind but the other kind of not treated may result into mental illness and sucidal tendencies. He also expressed his concern over increasing trend of drug abuse and using of contraceptive pills amongst girls. The gory results of which would be evident after a decade. Dr. Pramod also shared with the audience the ill effects of social media on the mental state of population. He advocated some of the techniques that can prove helpful in keeping mental stress at bay. He urged that one should adopt healthy lifestyle and eating habits to prevent oneself from getting engulfed in the state of depression. He implored that one should follow healthy and good daily routine and practice cardiac exercises along with breathing exercises and yoga for mind relaxation. He also asked to remain focussed on tasks and not to wait for crisis. He further added that by doing so will lead to good mental and physical health. Thereafter, Dr.Kulwinder Singh exhorted that our modern life style has distanced ourselves from our simplicity and indigenous and rustic life. He also remarked that emotional engagement with the pettiest of things around is very important as it helps onself to attach personal value with the things he possess. He advocated the adoption of three virtues namely Education, Health & High Thinking with Simple Living and thus give more importance to these non economical values than worldly possessions. He quoted, "Life is not easy today or before. There is an art of living it which can make it easy." He also mentioned the importance of students engagement in academics and other mundane activities. In order to boost one's emotions, one should read good books and also read about society. He also emphasized that male teachers must possess the feminine characteristics and their calmness to control bouts of aggression in their personality so as to ensure being teacher of better emotional understanding.
The afternoon symposium session received Mrs. Harpreet Kaur, Principal, Guru Harkrishan Model School, sector 38,CHD. to preside over topic “Stress Management at Work Place. ” She said that requirement of professionalism by teachers at school invite a lot of stress. The introduction of new rules also pose greater responsibility on the teachers. She added that there is a trend of 'out sourcing parenting' in which teachers are expected to serve as parents too. She discussed some of the techniques that can help alleviate stress amongst teachers such as time managent, good approach, planning, evaluation and feedback. Teachers must understand pedagogy along with content knowledge. Dr. Anuja Sharma, Principal, DAV, Sector 15, Chd. held discourse on School based Intervention and Community based Services. She defined mental health as a state of well-being. She emphasized on using life skills that play vital role in our day to day interaction. She said "Life skills help in mounting the bigger challenges in life." She shared that social(socety) emotional(heart) and intellectual(mind) factors that affect mental health. She urged on developing life and social skills and delving into experiential learning. She also said, "Always make objectives which are realistic, measurable and achievable." The round of conversation on the Effect of Social Media and Home environment on Mental Health was led by Dr. Rohini , HOD, Deptt. Of Psychology, DAV College, Sector 10, Chd. She discussed the sources of social media.
She shared some of the penetrative effects that social media leaves on youngsters. She also talked about the pervavsive role of social media in the crores of people's lives. She expressed that social apps have seriously encroached upon our lives which has become a title of social reputation. On the other hand she also informed about the educational importance of social media and social learning. Dr. Rohini also shed light on some of the Mental health issuses and concerns associated with internet, smart phone and gaming addiction. She also shared the new term such as nomophobia (fear of going out without phone). She also raised alarm on increasing cases of psycho-crimes and psycho-bullying which has been caused due to having got alienated from their family. She also mentioned the poor body image conception harboured by the females dependent on their self description through selfies on social media. Dr. Rohini also talked about the traits of narcissism found mostly in men that also get fuelled by over using social media. She also talked about various psychological impacts such as having mandatory virtual relationships, which are ruining interpersonal relationships. She also talked about the cognitive impact, attention concentration because of over processing of excessive information through social media. Post symposium, technical sessions was chaired by Dr. Wasim Ahmad , Assistant Prof. GRIID, Sector 31, Chd. Many valuable research papers titled as Academic Stress, Resilience and the Present Day Youth, A study on relationship with psychological hardiness and stress contributed to the significance and fulfilment of the theme of today's National Seminar Mental Health and Human Resilience. The valedictory session was conducted with the welcome of Dr. PN Hrisheekesha ,Campus Dir. CGC. He appreciated the team efforts of the college faculty and students in making seminar a grand success. The delegates were also awarded certificates for their valuable inputs. The seminar ended with the presentation of memento to Dr.Wasim Ahmed and a vote of thanks from Dr.Sneh Bansal.