Mental Health Acknowledged as Equally Important as Physical Health by Prof. B.V. Sambashivaiah

Mysuru, December 1, 2022: Prof. B.V. Sambashivaiah, Chief Executive of JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science located on Ooty Road, Mysuru, emphasized the significance of mental health in today’s fast-paced world. Participating in a workshop titled “Awareness on Mental Health” organized by the Clinical Psychology Department of JSS Medical College Hospital, Prof. Sambashivaiah addressed the first-year degree students of JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science. He stressed the importance of giving equal importance to mental health as physical health, particularly in an era dominated by advanced technology and a hectic lifestyle.

During the workshop, Prof. Sambashivaiah highlighted that while physical disorders are often noticeable, mental health issues can go unnoticed for a longer period of time. He encouraged everyone to cultivate positive thoughts, adopt a disciplined lifestyle, and develop a positive mindset to safeguard against mental health problems.

Dr. Manoj K. Pandey, Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology, emphasized the need for awareness regarding the maintenance of good mental health, particularly among today’s youth.

Prof. M.P. Vijayendra Kumar, Principal of JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science, was also present at the workshop. The event commenced with an invocation by Kum. Sahana, and Dr. Prakash facilitated the program.

Following the stage program, various sessions were conducted on different topics. Smt. Sangeetha, Research Associate at JSS Medical College, shed light on the characteristics of depression and anxiety, providing solutions to overcome them.

Smt. Nityashree spoke about stress management, elucidating various stress management techniques. Sri P.K. Sudeep, Assistant Professor at JSS Medical College, discussed anger management, covering different forms of anger, associated problems, and coping strategies for staying calm.

Smt. Chitra, a Research Associate, addressed the topic of addiction and methods of prevention, highlighting various types of addictions and ways to steer clear of them. Sri Subramanya Bhat emphasized the connection between yoga and mental health, demonstrating how yoga practices can contribute to maintaining good mental well-being.

Dr. Manoj K. Pandey spoke about suicides and their prevention, explaining the underlying reasons for suicide with examples and offering insights on overcoming such challenges.

Sri Ritwik S. Kashyap, Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Department, served as the workshop’s convenor.

The workshop witnessed the participation of more than 800 students.