South Point Ex-students’ Association lends a helping hand to alma mater by hosting online session with psychiatrist Jai R. Ram
Of the large-scale disruptions caused by the pandemic for the past year and a half, one of the worst hit among learners is the student group that is on the threshold of crossing over from school to college.
With several board exams being cancelled, students of Class XII particularly are dealing with tremendous uncertainty and confusion around higher studies. On top of that, there is the toll of online classes, sickness and loss of loved ones to Covid-19.
Keeping the mental well-being of learners in mind, the South Point Ex-students’ Association (ASPEXS) has come forward to organise a webinar on mental health for the students of Class XI, XII and the outgoing batch of 2021 of South Point High School.
The webinar ‘Strength Training for the Mind in the Pandemic’ is scheduled on June 9, 4.30pm to 5.30pm.
Dr Jai R. Ram, consultant psychiatrist at Apollo Gleneagles, will chair the session being presented by ASPEXS with ABP Education and Mental Health Foundation, Kolkata.
“There is a severe disruption felt by most students, specially those in Class XI and XII. Students preparing to step into their career path are under huge pressure. The adjournment of board examinations, the deferment of joining dates of undergraduate programmes and the postponement of the new sessions have led to an insurmountable stress and anxiety for the students. We at South Point Ex-Students’ Association are extremely concerned with the mental health of the students. We, along with the school, are working on various initiatives to help students cope with the current situation and this is one such initiative,” said Partha Pratim Banerjee, secretary, ASPEXS.
The ’Strength Training for the Mind in the Pandemic’ webinar will cater to more than 1,000 students of South Point High School.
Participants can expect a host of tips and advice on how to stay mentally fit from Dr Ram -- himself an ex-student of South Point -- addressing students at the most crucial juncture of their academic careers.
“Virtual classrooms have made it extremely difficult for most students to maintain their motivation and attention towards studies. One of the ways to refresh and reboot our brain is to choose a variety of activities which have absolutely no engagement with screens,” said Dr Ram, who is also the joint director of Mental Health Foundation, Kolkata.
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