The school organised a talk on ‘bullying ‘for the students of class 7.
Dr. Zirak Marker was the resource person who conducted the workshop. He is a renowned psychiatrist and psychotherapist with clinical training and has experience of over fifteen years in educational psychology. He is currently the medical director of the Aditya Birla Integrated school for children with learning disabilities and psychological /emotional problems. The month of October is dedicated to mental health. Hence it is appropriate that we teach children about adolescence and the early years of childhood when many changes -physical, mental, emotional occur in this transitional period between childhood and adulthood.
There are times of stress, apprehension coupled with online technologies that can bring many additional pressures in the minds of our young students.
Dr. Marker under the purview of mental health for young minds emphasised on various sensitive topics including bullying. He spoke about emotional turmoil and its repercussions experienced by students as they reach adolescence. These are manifested by expectations from self and others, identity crisis, sexuality etc. These can lead to anxiety and aggression whereby leading to poor self worth, body shaming and endangering human life.
Dr. Marker organised an interactive role play which highlighted the feeling of the victim, the bully and the bystander. A combination of collective responsibility and empathy go hand in hand in achieving mindfulness. This would eventually result in the upliftment of self and society. The session concluded with a strong emphasis on understanding the growing recognition of the importance of building mental resilience inorder to cope with the challenges of today’s world.
Fr. Dr. Francis Swamy, S.J.