Orchids-The International School started their month-long Mental Health Awareness activities on World Mental Health Day on Sunday10th October. To raise awareness among students, parents, and staff regarding mental health issues, Orchids organized a Laughter Therapy session and its first live talk show on the first day with renowned doctors and mental health professionals on October 10.
Orchids will be organising a series of events between 10th October and 10th November 2021 with all students, parents, and all teaching and non-teaching staff and their families to address one of the most pressing issues in our lives today “Mental Wellbeing post-Covid”. Experts from the field of mental health will deal with this topic and help clear the doubts pertaining to mental wellness.
Orchids The International school has a special education stream called “Soch”- it is an initiative to monitor and counsel students regularly to ensure they also have emotional and psychological support from the school. “SOCH, which means “TO THINK” imparts Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) through selective modules to enhance students’ wisdom that develops self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for their success throughout life. SOCH also creates social awareness, goal setting, and responsible decision-making among other topics.
Commenting on the initiative Ms. Nehal J. Sequeira, Head – Department of Counselling and Remediation, Orchids-The International Schools said, “We received an overwhelming response when we interacted with the participants on a Facebook live session on Mental Health. We also sent out a 30-day challenge activity video to our students, their parents, and our teaching and non-teaching staff and it was greatly complimented with many questions to deal with capricious situations.” “We, at Orchids believe that sound mental health is fundamental for a child’s success in life and we work on holistic development of a child rather than only imparting bookish knowledge. We work closely with students to overcome their emotional challenges of stress, anxiety, depression, or any other behavioral disorders that could undermine their academic success.”
Orchids has released the first set of creative dialogue posters and a video and will continue to do so every week targeting important topics focusing on the significance of Mental Health in the day-to-day life of everybody.
During the awareness month, students of all branches of Orchids will be collaborating and developing educational videos and posters related to mental health. They will share their own SOCH culminating activity explaining how the SOCH program has enhanced their learning skills. The function’s final schedule will be presented in the counsellor’s talk show called “Orchadio Programs” featuring discussions between counselors and principals on topics that focus on students’ mental health like exam anxiety, challenges during adolescence, parent-child relationships, emotional well-being, etc.