Mental health is very important at every stage of our life, from childhood to adolescence, adulthood to even old age. It affects every aspect of our life, how we feel, how we think and how we react and act. On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, the V. M. Salgaocar College of law, in collaboration with the Child Rights Clinic conducted a programme titled “Make Mental Health and Well-Being for All a Global Priority” on 18th October 2022 from 10:00-11:30 am. The objectives of this programme were to raise awareness as to mental health issues and mobilise efforts in support of better mental health, stated a press release.

The audience for the same were the first year BA LLB students and the CRC members. The chief guest for the event was Anuradha Kakodkar, an assistant professor at St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa and additionally, a member of the board of psychological studies. The event was compered by Sharlene.

Principal Dr. Shabir Ali G addressed the gathering and warmly welcomed everyone to the event. Dr. Kim Couto, the Director of the CRC gave an encapsulation of the functioning and work undertaken by the CRC as well as an insight into the Certificate course conducted by the college titled “Youth Mental Health and Crime.”

“Mental Health is a process not a destination. It involves healing, reflection and introspection,” college counsellor Trisha Almeida enlightened the audience regarding the theme – “Make Mental Health and Well-Being for All a Global Priority.” She emphasised on how the health of the mind is as important as the health of the physical body.

There is no better medium to express and emote than music and poetry. In the light of the same, Professor Ashwini Naik beautifully recited a poetry enunciating mental hardships. Furthermore, the talented members of CRC harmoniously sang a song “Give Me Some Sunshine,” while also inviting the crowd to partake in the singing.

Chief Guest, Anuradha Kakodkar illuminated the crowd on various issues that youngsters face and the ways in which problems with regards to mental health can be addressed.

Music and dance are the most efficient way of expressing. To celebrate the art of music & dance and the power it holds, the members of the CRC performed an impressive short and meaningful musical. The musical was thought-provoking and beautifully portrayed the challenges of mental health.

Certificates were presented to participants of the mental health course and prizes were conferred to the winners of poster-making competition. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dianne.


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