Mental Health Programme for College Students – An Experiment. Dr. Kirti Matliwala Lecturer Bhagwan Mahavir College of Education, (M.Ed.), Surat.
College students may have the best time of their life in the college but nowadays life has become complex, students face different types of mental health issues which are directly related to stress factor. Even if students are capable, constant pressure about carrier, academic work & social life lead them to depression. This situation can be overcome, if a student learns how to cope-up with stress. In present study researcher has made mental health programme ( MHP ) for college students & implemented it for 42 days to M.Ed. students & got opinion about the effectiveness of it. The results reveal that through mental health programme, students became relax, could concentrate well, their understanding were improved & they suggested that this programme should be applied in every education institutes.
Mental Health Programme for College Students – An Experiment Dr. Kirti Matliwala Introduction
Life today has become increasingly complex and tension ridden. It is the era of speed, rapid changes, never ending wishes and desires, which sometimes results in stress anxiety, negativity and depression. When we think about college students, they may have the best time of their life in the college. During this period they have chance for maximum personal growth which will be used for whole life. For that they have to cope up well with the challenges of college environment. But the student who can not do that may be more at the risk of sadness, depression.
College students face mental health issues which are directly related to stress factor. Actually they are under all different types of pressure all the time whether it is the pressure to do well in tests or to do academic work or to maintain social life. If student gets failed in any of this area that can let him down, which will ultimately lead to some type of depression. Even if students are capable, constant pressure and stress can lead to depression. Anxiety is also a common mental health issue for college students. They feel that they have no enough time to do thing, leading them to constantly think that they are behind in the race or they should do more efforts in their study etc. This anxiety may be always in the back of their mind, as the pressures and stress begin to build up. This situation can be over come, if a student understands how stress occurs, how its adverse effect may damage him physiologically and emotionally and how he can cope up with stress. The awareness of stress and its control is the primary focus of stress management. (Charlesworth and Nathan, 1982, Gherman,1981).
As a lecturer, researcher have seen different types of mental health issues such as anxiety, fear, depression, lack of confidence, stress etc. in college students. If student wants to achieve his goal, he should be mentally healthy person. Mentally healthy person is one who is happy, lives peacefully with neighbors, makes his children healthy citizens and after fulfilling such basic responsibilities is still empowered with sufficient strength to serve the cause of the society in any way .(Lewkar,1949).Mental health is the ability which helps us to seek adjustment in the difficult situation of our life (Cutts and mostlay,1941) . If students are able to cope with different challenges then college can become...
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