Friday, December 29, 2017

Wellness cell for college students


PUNE: All colleges affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) may soon have a wellness cell dedicated to the mental health of students.

The primary focus of the cell would be to conduct lectures and counselling sessions for the students suffering from any kind of behavioural issues/disorders. "The wellness cell programme is in its nascent stage now. The first step is orientation session for all districts. The SPPU has jurisdiction over three districts such as Nashik, Ahmednagar and Pune," Nitin Patil, state disabilities commissioner, said.

The first orientation session will be held on January 19, which will see participation of about 115 colleges. "This project is being done in collaboration with units of National Service Scheme across affiliated units. The representatives from 115 colleges will be present for the session. We are hoping that all colleges with psychology department will open a cell to help students at least once a week," Patil added.

Deepak Walokar, director, Karve Institute of Social Service, said, "Wellness cells can play an important role of creative awareness about mental health issues, something which is often neglected in our country."


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