The annual GCU Lahore Mental Health Week (MHW) celebrations began on Tuesday with the launch of an inter-university poster competition on the theme of peace psychology at Government College University Lahore  campus.

About 70 students from universities across the country, including Lahore College for Women University and Beaconhouse National University, participated in the competition and presented posters condemning terrorist attacks, violence, Islamophobia and wars. The posters highlighted the key values such as tolerance and love.

Addressing the MHW inaugural ceremony at the university’s Abdus Salam Hall, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said such celebrations and events provide a platform to students to show their innovation and creativity, which was somehow discouraged in the formal education system. He said the topic of this year’s MHW – Peace Psychology – was highly pertinent as the world had seen so much bloodshed in the recent past. He said that Pakistan valued peace because it had been one of the biggest victims of terrorism.

The GCU Mental Health Week (MHW) celebrations, organized by the university’s Dr Ajmal Society Physiological Society and Psychology Department, will also include seminars and workshops on topic related to tolerance and stress management.

GCU Psychology Department Chairperson Dr Syed Shahida Batool said they all faced social and interpersonal constraints, stress, and security challenges, and above all they were fighting the war against terrorism and all these factors had a negative impact on mental health.

She said activities in this year’s mental health week intended to help people learn ways to safeguard mental health by amicably attending our social needs and engaging in relaxing, healthy activities.

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