This year’s World Mental Health Day, on the 10 th of October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought many new challenges for teachers to live and work in radically different ways. From online classes that have replaced traditional classrooms, (where the internet is no more a privilege, rather a necessity) to the fear of getting infected by the deadly virus and spreading the infection to loved ones. While resources linked to mental health have been front and center for supporting students, parents, and others, there has been less focus on upholding the mental health of the educators who are also trying to find equilibrium in the new way of living and online teaching.
Thus, to commemorate World Mental Health Day, the Department of Psychology organized a Webinar exclusively for the faculty of Carmel College, on Tuesday, the 13 th of October 2020 on the theme, “Mental health tips for teachers balancing life and online teaching”.
The resource person was Ms. Wilma D’Silva, a Psychologist in private practice with expertise in counselling individuals from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds across Goa and Sydney, Australia, and who also teaches yoga.
The officiating Principal Dr. Aldina Braganza set the tone in her welcome address.
Ms. D’Silva highlighted the importance of self-care and demonstrated breathing exercises that could help teachers regain composure during these uncertain times. She also encouraged teachers to seek assistance if they felt the need for it.
The webinar ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Michelle Fernandes from the Department of Psychology.
Around 60 faculty members of Carmel College benefitted from this webinar.