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workshop for school principals on

Mental Health Curriculum in Schools

News Desk, News Nation 360:  Fortis School Mental Health Program & Macmillan Education hosts a workshop for school principals on ‘Mental Health Curriculum in Schools’. Dr Samir Parikh, Director -  Fortis  National  Mental   Health
Program led this event as the keynote speaker. Dr Parikh talked about important issues like the necessity of incorporating Life Skills education for students and the prominent role of counsellors in schools in ensuring the well-being of children. He also launched his book, written with his colleagues Kamna Chhibber and Mimansa Singh, titled ‘Talking about Mental Health in the Classroom: A Mental Health Curriculum for Teachers’ which is published by Macmillan Education at the event. After releasing the book he told, talking about mental health is very important and there is no substitute for preventive efforts directed towards

building life skills and resilience in students. This book is created as an aid for teachers in easily implementable modules to promote the enhancement of knowledge of teachers and students about mental health problems. It

also focuses on encouraging help-seeking behaviours, building resilience and creating a culture of well-being in the classroom. The principals of over 60 leading schools, who were part of the workshop, greatly appreciated the joint initiative of Macmillan and Fortis Healthcare to put forth professional views on this sensitive topic. Some schools that attended the event included St. James School, Don Bosco High School-Liluah, De Paul School - Bansdroni, La Marteniere, Gems Academia International School, The Heritage School, Douglas Memorial Higher Secondary School, St. Thomas Girls’ School-Khidirpur, St. Augustine School, Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Delhi Public School - Joka, M.P. Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School , South City International School, St Mary’s Orphanage and Day School, Garden High School and Ram Mohan Mission High School amongst others. Vandana Juneja, Director - Marketing, Macmillan Education told, As stakeholders in the education ecosystem it is our moral responsibility to disseminate resources which contribute to the overall mental and physical development of young learners. Publishing Dr Parikh’s curriculum on mental health is a significant step in that direction, we look forward to schools taking this up enthusiastically.

Pic: Krishnendu Kundu

Report : Anustup Kundu