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WORKSHOP ON MENTAL HEALTH AT PANAGARH MILITARY STATION

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Panagarh Military Station hosted a workshop on Mental Health and Well Being with additional focus on Special Children.  The workshop witnessed extensive participation from all major stakeholders involved in the upbringing of children and covered important facets of Mental and Emotional Well Being and Inclusive Education. The event was spearheaded by the Zonal President AWWA, Mrs Isha Dewan along with Mrs Inderjit Kaur Khroud, Zonal Vice President and was conducted across three sessions over two days, in both offline and online mode. Mrs Indu Punj, a renowned psychologist, teacher trainer and founder of ‘Stories Matter’ was the resource person conducting the sessions. The beneficiaries of this program were spread over a vast area of West Bengal and some areas of Jharkhand and the workshop will benefit a large section of this population.

The first session, titled ‘Mental and Emotional Well Being’, was specifically aimed at children above 10 years of age. The session was vibrant with hands on activities, anecdotes and lively interactions. In the absence of parents, the attendees opened up to the resource person wholeheartedly. The second session, titled ‘Inclusive Education’, was for teachers, special educators of all APS’ and APPS’, totalling nine in number and parents of special children. The profound session witnessed meaningful exchanges between the counsellor as well as the beneficiaries in both online as well as offline mode.

The final session was conducted on 16 Nov and was attended by a large number of parents from all age groups of children. The trainer handled the topic ‘Mental and Emotional Well Being’ from the parental perspective, in a very mature and methodical way and it once again turned out to be a worthy activity. Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Isha Dewan, Zonal President  AWWA, thanked the resource person for her immense contribution to the society and hoped to see the sessions being effectively implemented on ground by various attendees. The  event was graced by many defence and civil dignitaries. This was the first such event being conducted for a large audience and was a successful amalgamation of both offline and online modes of discourse.

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