Mental health is the foundation for well-being and effective functioning for an individual and for a community. This core concept of mental heath is consistent with its wide and varied interpretation across cultures. We in our society today have started paying attention to physical health. Our awareness about mental health issues is the most neglected. Our focus as a collective group should not be limited to treatment rather should be on promotion of mental health. Life skils have been defined by WHO as “abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life”.
Amity Institute of Psychology & Allied Sciences and Amity Institute of Behavioural Health & Allied Sciences organized a Mental Health Awareness Campaign at Amity with a theme “Enhancing Mental Health: Integrating Mind, Body and Soul” on the occasion of World Mental Health Week at Amity Campus, Sector – 125, Noida.
Eminent guests who shared their views with the distinguished gathering included Dr. Rick Levy, pioneer in the field of Mind Body Medicine, Mrs. Lisa Tatum eminent researcher and CEO, Levy Centre for Healing Arts and Mr. Pooran Pandey, Director, Times Foundation.
Prof. Abha Singh, Director (AIPS) & Acting Head (AIBHAS) was of the viewpoint that health and mental health needs to be regarded as two parts of the same coin, one is incomplete because of other. Our Mind and body are closely related that each other, and as we need to take care of both for a healthy living. Prof. Abha Singh strongly promotes mental health to benefit masses through such events. Since everyone and anyone is a stakeholder in creation and promotion of mental health at an individual level, societal level, national level and global level.
Dr. Rick Levy, pioneer in the field of Mind Body Medicine while delivering his enlightening talk on Mind, Body and Soul Healing said, “we are entering into a new and a golden age of spirituality. Meditation is a dynamic, holistic and a purposeful way of living. Highlighting the two main symptoms of stress as depression and anxiety, he advised the students to use techniques such as Scientific Meditation, Clinical Hypnosis, Subtle Energy Medicine and Cognitive Reprogramming to reduce stress in life. Laying stress on the importance of meditation he commented that India has provided a great spiritual wisdom to the world which no other nation has given. Therefore, the students should devote time to meditation and mental healing process to change their life.
Mr. Pooran Pandey, Director, Times Foundation while addressing the gathering said, “there is a need to sensitize people about mind, body and soul through media awareness. Mind has its own mysteries and body is something which is tangible. People judge one another with this aspect in mind, therefore mind, body and soul runs parallel to each other.”
A short film was screened on the occasion to generate an awareness of people’s perception of mental health in which student’s views including the general public’s views were shown. There was an interactive session of the audiences with Dr. Rick Levy. Dr. Levy hypnotized the vast audience and showed the result of mental healing through hyptonic techniques.