World Mental Health Day
Participant of a seminar on “Media, violence and psychology” held at the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) to mark World Mental Health Day, have opined that uncertainty, terrorism and prevalence of exploitation in the society are the leading factors of psychological issues.
The seminar was a joint effort of the university’s Department of Psychology and Iqbal Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD) which was attended by the Ambassadors of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, IIUI President, heads of psychology departments of both campuses, media persons, psychology experts of USA, Egypt, Vice President IIUI, Pakistani psychologists and faculty members of the university.
Saudi Ambassador, Nawaf Ahmad Al-Malki said that Centers to address the psychological issues of the people were necessary and KSA had established such canters in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. He added that IIUI experts would be welcomed to those centers to exchange the experiences and establish bilateral ventures. He stressed that children must be given special attention in brought up and they should not be ignored once they are exposed to psychic tendencies.
The UAE envoy, Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Al Za’abi expressed that social media was the most appropriate tool to aware the public about psychological disorders. He said that same technology should also be used to educate people about its demerits and youth be prepared to have benefit from technology advancements instead of negative impacts.
President IIUI, Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al- Draiweesh said that university was committed to support to improve emotional wellbeing among its students and staff as well as the local community.
The seminar was also addressed by Dr. Badri of Egypt on Islamic psychology, Prof. Thomas of USA on violence and Trauma and by Dr. Brad Bushman on media and aggression through skype.
Meanwhile, Bahria University also celebrated World Mental Health Day”. The speakers of the session were, Dr. Ammar Siddiqui, CDA, Dr. Tahir Khaleel, International Islamic University Islamabad and Dr. Abdul Rashid, Foundation University.
While talking to students, speakers emphasized on mental health awareness with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The event provided an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
Dedicated Stalls were organized, where students were provided with the information regarding mental disorders, their assessment, treatment and prevention. Play cards and banners carrying slogans to create awareness among people about stress and depression and to love those who are suffering from various types of mental disorders were also displayed at campus.