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The World Health Organization (WHO), stresses on the need for mental health literacy as a key to improving health outcomes for individuals. Gen Z and millennials are becoming more aware of mental health challenges, particularly their own anxiety and depression. Thus, mental health self-care has never been more important! Mental health literacy will prepare young people to successfully travel the developmental pathway into adulthood and beyond.

To address this issue, the Department of Psychology in collaboration with the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Margao branch, organized a National Webinar on, “Young People, Mental Health and Self-care”. The resource person was Dr. Abhijit Nadkarni, Addictions Psychiatrist and Associate Professor at the Global Mental Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Aldina Braganza Gomes, the officiating Principal of Carmel College, expressed that generally individuals reminiscence that in their youth they felt the happiest. She also highlighted the current pandemic has brought to the forefront mental health of youngsters.

Dr. Babita Angle Prabhudesai, the President of IMA, Margao branch, introduced the speaker virtually.

Dr. Abhijit Nadkarni, captivated the audience both online and offline with the need to understand mental health and stressed on the need for self-care among young people in order to improve their mental health. He highlighted on the various techniques that young people could engage in to improve their mental health, emphasizing that mental health needs to be given equal importance and physical health.

This was followed by an interactive question and answer session.

Ms. Rania Gomes, a student of FYBA, through her original composition expressed her thoughts on loneliness.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Michelle Fernandes, the HoD of Department of Psychology.

Ms. Sibyl Fernandes, compered the webinar.

The webinar had participants from all over the country participating online as well as TYBA Psychology students of Carmel College who attended offline