Lahore: 20 Oct: Punjab University Center for Clinical Psychology Director and Chairperson Department of Applied Psychology Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar has said that depression was becoming very common among youth which is matter of great concern.
She stated this in a gathering organized in connection with World Mental Health Day at Punjab University as PU Department of Applied Psychology, Center for Clinical Psychology and Pakistan Association for Clinical Psychology on Wednesday jointly organized an awareness walk and seminar entitled “Depression – A Paradisaical Hell” following WHO's theme for 2012 Mental Health Day.
Acting PU VC Prof Dr Liaqat Ali was the special guest while former Director of Center for Clinical Psychology Prof Dr Raffia Hassan was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Director of Center for Clinical Psychology and Chairperson of Applied Psychology Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar, PACP President Dr Nashi Khan, Renowned Psychologist Maqbool Babri, Senior Clinical Psychologist from Services Hospital Dr Iram Bukhari, VP PACP Dr Humaira Moshin, Head Clinical Psychology Unit GCU Lahore Dr Farah Malik, Dr Naumana Anjum, Dr Tanvir, Dr Mohsina and Head Psychiatry Department of General Hospital Dr Altaf Qadir, Dr Saima Dawood and a large number of students and professionals were also present on the occasion.
Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar said that Mental Health was equally important along with physical health. Therefore, she added, psychologists and other mental health professionals should play their significant role to overcome this problem. She highlighted the treatment options and etiological/caused factors of psychological diseases specifically focusing on depression. She also highlighted the role of media in raising awareness about mental illness and overcome stigmatization.
Dr Liaqat Ali said that the government should encourage mental health awareness campaign . He lauded the efforts of Prof Dr Rukhsana to organize this event for Mental Health cause. He said PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran promoted such events to raise awareness regarding mental health. He said in our society depression had become major problem and its remedy and treatment should be provided at all levels. Dr Nashi Khan emphasized the role of clinical psychologist in health sector. She appealed to CM Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to provide attorney, service structure for clinical psychologist working in the health sector and increase the seats of clinical psychologists in health department. Prof Dr Raffia Hassan recognized the efforts of seniors in creating seats for clinical psychologist in health department and gave a brief overview on the establishment of CCP. Other speakers also emphasized on the importance of mental health and promoted the message of enhancing resilience to overcome depression and other psychological problems. They all stressed to eradicate depression by adopting healthy life style, enhancing coping and carrying out propos self assessment. The experts also highlighted the importance of rational thinking. Referring to WHO report the experts said that depression was all set to become the second most fatal disease in 2020 with only coronary heart problems preceding it. The said globally more than 350 million people suffer from depression, one in five people was likely to get depressed at some point in life, more women were affected by depression than men. The students presented mime and skit raising the awareness about mental health.
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