An Interactive Session with the Mental Health Experts
October 4, 2019: An event titled “Ask Me Anything: An
Interactive Session with Mental Health Experts” was held on
campus by the IBA Social Sciences Club. It brought together
three reputed professionals trained in the fields of mental
health and emotional well-being and gave IBA students an
opportunity to interact with them in a candid manner. There is a
lot of misinformation and stigma around the issue of mental
illness which prevents young people from seeking help. The goal
of this session was to create a platform where students could
have a safe space to ask questions regarding their own or loved
ones’ struggles with mental health and ask for assistance. The
response from students was excellent as many of them came to
listen, share their stories, and asked for guidance; while the
experts identified strategies and resources to provide
solutions. Everyone agreed that there is dire need for sessions
like these to be held regularly.
The panel consisted of three experts with an extended experience of working with young people. Panel members included renowned psychiatrist and Dean of Students and Chair of Psychiatry AKU, Dr. Ayesha Mian; Counselling Psychologist & Psychotherapist and Visiting Faculty Psychology IBA, Dr. Humair Yusuf; Integrative Psychodynamic Counsellor and In-charge Wellness Counselling department (at a high school in Karachi), Ms. Zehra Moinuddin.
The event was organized by the directors of a foundation being set up in Sabeen Mahmud’s memory, as a way of kicking off its mandate of supporting the mental well-being of children and young adults.