Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders. It exists on a complex continuum, which is experienced differently from one person to the next, with varying degrees of difficulty, distress and potentially very different social and clinical outcomes. Mental health conditions include mental disorders and psychosocial disabilities as well as other mental states associated with significant distress, impairment in functioning, or risk of self-harm. Attending college can be a stressful time for many students. In addition to coping with academic pressure, some students have to deal with the stressful tasks of separation and individuation from their family of origin while some may have to attend to numerous work and family responsibilities. In this context, many college students experience the first onset of mental health and substance use problems or an exacerbation of their symptoms. In order to promote mental health of students, the management of Sree Narayana Guru College of Engineering & Technology has established a Student Counseling Center in campus from June 2023. A spacious room was allotted for the functioning of the campus counselling centre. The counselling center will be active on every Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. In case of emergency this timing can be varied. The counselling center aims to provide mental health services for students. The activities and programs organized by the counselling centre includes
With the intention of introducing the importance of mental health on students, the psychologist had a session with every student departmentwise. There are five departments in the campus. The five teaching departments in the campus includes- Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering And Department of Computer Science and Engineering. There are more than 200 students in the campus. Also each student is personally had an interactive talk with the psychologist during which the students were able to freely express their concerns and difficulty. This process is still on progress. This process seem to be helpful for the students in their decision making, goal setting, stress management, emotion regulation etc. Most students of the campus belong to the adolescence age group. Adolescence is a unique and formative time. Protecting adolescents from adversity, promoting socio-emotional learning and psychological well-being, and ensuring access to mental health care are critical for their health and well-being during adolescence and adulthood. Individual counselling sessions are provided to students for their issues related to academics, social, emotional, psychological, behavioural and physical struggles. The aim of the session is to help the child overcome the problem and deal effectively with the environment. If required, the students are referred to external agencies for further psychological assessment and support. A total of 30+ sessions were conducted. The major symptoms addressed during the process includes emotional problems, negative thoughts, suicidal thoughts, academic stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger, unhealthy habits and depressive symptoms. Cognitive behaviour therapy was mostly applied. Techniques like relaxation training, breathing exercises etc. were taught for people with anxiety issues.