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Youth should not lose their mental stability: Swathi Shahaani

Mysuru, December 26:- A life skills workshop was organised by WE Shwasa of Gowrishankara Layout, Bengaluru and NIMHANS, Bengaluru in collaboration with and Yuva Spandana Centre, Mysuru.

The chief guest of the programme, Swathi Shahaani, co-ordinator of the life skills programme at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences Hospital, inaugurated the event by watering a plant sapling.

Speaking on the occasion, she said, “It is a tragedy that youth today are suffering from mental stress and are risking their lives by getting addicted to bad habits. The youth of today must not lose their mental stability and do not succumb to stresses,” she said.

She called upon the gathering to come forward in life with patience without fear. “We are organising Yuva Spandana programme in various schools and colleges across the state to educate youth as well as the general public on the use of life skills, which the youth of today should utilise,” she added.

“The current education system is highly reserved for curricular studies and there is a need for active participation opportunity in extra-curricular activities. Through extra-curricular activities, students can learn how to maintain relationships with family, society and friends, and how to protect themselves when necessity arrives. Students should attend such life skill workshops during their leisure time,” said resource person of the workshop, Dr Manjula Devi, a professor at Kanakapura Government First Grade College.

“The state government’s youth empowerment unit has launched many programmes for youth, most notably on relationships, safety, communication, sexuality, guidance, education, growth, health and lifestyle, empowerment and emotions. This plays a significant role in shaping the personality on today’s youth,” said Kodagu district’s Yuva Spandana life skills trainer, Puttaraju.

“We should regret that we have not succeeded in practising the consumption of organic foods. Man today consumes more and more of the poisonous, chemical-mixed food products that lead to various health issues. Instead, consuming millets in our daily lives will help to maintain good health,” opined organic farmer and founder of WE Shwasa Centre Alooru Murthy who presided over the programme.

The resource person of the programme Rajendra Prasad Honnalagere, Kannada lecturer at Sarada Vilas College, correspondent of Yuva Spandana Balappa SS, Shanti Prasad Jain, students and others were present. (MR/GK)

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