Webinar to Create Awareness About Mental Health and Essence of Kindness
The fun and interactive learning webinar “Mental Health Awareness & the Essence of Kindness” that witnessed more than 50 participants began with welcome remarks from Rajesh Pathak, Founder Member of Consultmylife.
Webinar moderators Nishant Biadhya and Suraj Shrestha after explaining ground rules of webinar energized participants asking them to share how they were feeling prior to the session.
What is kindness to you?
When asked what is kindness to you, participants shared their interesting perspectives.
“Kindness means any effort that can make the world a better place” said Raj Kapali, a participant who also shared that he was feeling very isolated because of a two months lockdown.
Another participant, Alisha Bhandari simply said, “kindness is the quality of being generous”.
“Kindness is showing love and respect equally to everyone without any ego” according to Razni Gurung.
Meanwhile Chungta Gurung said, “kindness does not go waste at all, in fact it brings immense joy!”.
Physical and Mental Benefits of kindness
Suraj Shrestha explained the physical and mental benefits of kindness in his presentation sharing the research that showed that genuine act of kindness could decrease pain, balance blood pressure and release stress and anxieties.
Connecting the definition of Mental Health by WHO, he also explained the difference between Mental Health and Mental Illness in a session that was focused on mental health and mental wellbeing. Mental health is connected with psychological, emotional and social circumstances that can affect how one thinks, behaves, or feels.
“We must understand that Mental health is very important in every stage of life”, said Suraj. “Our negligence may not be visible while we are young but it will surely affect in other stages of our lives”, he further added. He also elaborated on why biological, life experiences and environment are the major factors that affect our mental health.
Mental Health Awareness
Nishant Baidhya opened the second session explaining major misconceptions regarding mental health. He explained that there are many misconceptions about mental health. Some major misconceptions are to believe mental health and mental illness as same, to think that most of us are immune to mental illness or these are rare. Many also believe mental health problems are signs of weakness and people with mental illness are usually violent or crazy.
“But we have seen many tough athletes, celebrities and famous personalities suffering from mental health issues and research shows less than 5 percent of people suffering act violently or crazy and many of us appear normal just like an average person” He added. He also explained the 3 markers: Sleep, Appetite and Daily Functioning to check mental health status.
COVID-19 crisis has devastated the world economy, locked billions of people within their houses and surrounding. Shrinking job opportunities, adjusting to a new normal has taken a mental toll leading to various mental illnesses. Suraj shared some practical tips to release stress and stabilize our mind. Acquiring new skills, practicing random acts of kindness, balancing sleep, rest and diet consumption and practicing gratitude in our daily lives could be very fruitful in times like these.
Participant Sharing Their Experiences
“I was once diagnosed with anxiety and had to make some adjustments in my life. One thing I would suggest everyone is to be disciplined in our everyday activities”, said Anish Raj Shrestha, a participant.
“I have been suffering from depression since some time and this webinar has given me some ideas on how I can be aware of my mental health issues” Raj Kapali
“I am glad platform like this exists. I can come here again and again to learn, be aware and share about mental health” said Umesh Nepal.
Almost two hours long session came to a conclusion participating in a poll & feedback session to measure the effectiveness of the seminar.
Participants were very positive and showered with constructive criticism. Many welcomed Consultmylife’s effort and suggested that they should come up with similar programs more often.
“My takeaway from the seminar is that kindness is very important, which can actually be a catalyst for better mental health. Also, not to take anyone’s mental health for granted” shared Arpana Pradhan, a participant at the end of the session.
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