Mumbai: Mental health camp organised for children

Jan 08, 2015, 07:20 IST | A Correspondent

Children from across the city will participate in an emotional well-being workshop, titled ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’.

The event aims to reach close to 100 schools of the city, about 1,500 children and their parents, for mental and emotional counselling. The workshop will begin from Saturday, January 10, and will reach out to students from Std V to Std VII.

Approximately 500 students are expected to participate at every venue. Students would first be asked to write and draw everyday emotions like joy, anger, jealousy, sadness, nervousness, fear, which would help them express their feelings.

They would also participate in a workshop ‘Handling Difficult Emotions’ where counsellors would help them understand feelings of sadness, anger, etc. Parents would attend a workshop on ‘Effective Parenting’, where experts would guide them how to help kids grow to be emotionally stable.

Shishir Joshi, chief executive officer of Bombay First, which has partnered with Prafulta, a psychological service arm of Don Bosco, for the event, said, “Various studies and experience of counsellors have revealed that awareness of one’s emotions, and the ability to cope with difficult emotions like anger, sadness, jealousy, etc are significant contributors to maintaining emotional health of an individual. Therefore, mental well-being camps like these are extremely important.”

Important dates
>> Jan 10: Don Bosco, Matunga
>> Jan 11: Dominic Savio, Andheri
>> Jan 17: Don Bosco, Borivli

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