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DAV University organizes international conference on mental health
February 07, 2019

Experts highlight methods to curb anger, anxiety

Jalandhar, February 5

Different international psychologists held deliberations on mental well-being and its implications on education and social setup. The experts participating in a two-day International Workshop and Conference on Mental Well Being said that better mental health of people could lay the foundation of a strong nation.

Dr A K Sharma being honoured by the Vice Chancellor Dr Rakesh Kumar Mahajan


The workshop being organized by the Department of Psychology and Department of Education at the University was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp. Dr A K Sharma, Vice-President, DAV College Managing Committee (DAV CMC), New Delhi was the chief guest and Dr Roshan Lal, Professor of Psychology at Panjab University, Chandigarh was the guest of honour. Dr A K Sharma, an eminent educationist, said that quality of education could lay the foundation of good mental health. Conferences and workshops were required to tackle psychological problems like stress, depression and suicidal instincts. “Effort to inculcate happiness must be incorporated in academic curricula,” he said.

Dr Shreya being honoured by Mr Rajan Gupta and Dr Desh Bandhu Gupta


Professor of Psychology at Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dr Roshan Lal talked about global happiness index and said Indians did not enjoy top ranking. People in small countries including Bhutan and even Pakistan were happier. “Indians lag behind in terms of mental health,” he said. He said that Indian policy makers must include mental well-being in their policies.

Dr A K Sharma speaking at the conference


Founder President, World Emotional Literacy League, USA, Dr. Dean Van Leuven said that people could train their minds to be anger free. Dr. Van Leuven, also dubbed as “Dean of Peace” said that instead of emotional intelligence, everyone should focus on emotional literacy.

Founder President, World Emotional Literacy League, USA, Dr. Dean Van Leuven


Internationally certified Psychotherapist Dr Shreya Pahwa said that various personal and psychological problems including anxiety, depression, family conflict, trauma and panic attacks have been adversely affecting people across different age groups. Dr Shreya who is trained from Albert Ellis Institute, New York said these problems badly affected people mentally and physically and lead to their behavioral dysfunction.  

Applauding the Department of Psychology and Department of Education for organizing the conference, Prof Rakesh Kumar Mahajan, Vice-Chancellor, DAV University said that the aim of academic professionals should be making people achieve happiness. Dr Jasbir Rishi, Convener of the conference, welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. Dr Desh Bandhu Gupta, Dean Academics said that people should break the anxiety to stay happy. Dignitaries including Mr Rajan Gupta, executive director, DAV University and Dr Sushma Arya, Registrar, of the University were also present at the occasion.


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