International Day of Girl Child

  • To observe Mental Health Day (October 10) & International Day of Girl Child (October 11), an hour-long, online interactive session on “Why investing in mental health is needed now more than ever” was organised by the Women Welfare Committee (WWC) on October 11, 2021.
    Dr. Bhargavi Davar, a noted mental health activist in India educated the entire community on the importance of pursuing happiness and improving quality of life for mental and emotional health. Dr. Davar is the managing Director, Bapu Trust for Research on Mind & Discourse and Executive Director of Transforming Communities for Inclusion, an international organization. Through her case studies, she talked about the amount of pressure adults put on their children/students and how harmful it can be. She explained why microaggression needs to be addressed and how lack of emotional hubs in households and educational settings can be detrimental. Dr. Davar stressed upon the role of nutrition and physical activity for mental health. She narrated her own traumatic experience of mental asylums during her childhood. She suggested creating listening spots in our society where people can be heard. She emphasized that compassion and self-care need to be taught to stay healthy and accomplish goals. She concluded by saying that there is no happiness pill, it is very important that we enjoy our day to day activities in a guilt free manner, and that whatever be our age, our body can replenish itself provided we allow this to happen.