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Mico Mental Health Week: 185th Anniversary
Oct 12, 2021 - Oct 15, 2021
The importance of mental health cannot be underscored. Psychosocial wellbeing is a necessary condition for any human being to realize their full potential and to lead fulfilling healthy and productive lives. It involves helping individuals to cope with, and overcome difficult life situations. Under normal circumstances, it is not easy for many persons to cope with life challenges. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened conditions of stress, anxiety, depression, suicide ideation and attempts, a plethora of medical complications and pre-mature deaths. It has additionally presented a deep sense of hopelessness and helplessness in making it difficult for a vast majority of individuals to escape even a minor mental health experience.
This surge of mental health problems makes World Mental Health Week (October, 10-16, 2021) a welcome event. Mental Health Day, first observed on October 10, 1992, as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health, provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the world to bring awareness of mental health issues in one unified voice. This year, the international theme is “Mental Health in an Unequal World.” There are so many persons who are without equal opportunities in receiving help as they grapple with the scourge of mental health issues.
For this reason, The Guidance and Counselling Unit at The Mico University College believes that it is very important, especially in this time of pandemic, to promote self-awareness and responsibility; thus the focus of the Unit on “Self Preservation for Better Acceleration.” To mark World Mental Health Week, The Guidance and Counselling Unit will be hosting a number of activities throughout the week:
- Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – Launch of MICOmeds Newsletter & Counselling Website
- Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – Workshop for Ancillary Staff
- Thursday, October 14, 2021 – Wired to Win: Rising Above the Odds (Empowerment Session for Students)
- Friday, October 15, 2021 – Self-Preservation for Better Acceleration (Workshop for Academic Staff)