World Mental Health Day Observed in Webinar
The Office of Human Resources organised the first-of-its-kind webinar to commemorate World Mental Health Day, observed every year on October 10. The theme for 2022 was “Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority”. Guest speakers included Dr. Sarah Alam, Co-founder & Chief Medical Officer at Tibbi, Ms. Sophiya Anjum from Office of the Dean at Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Ms. Ayesha Zafar Sehgol, Inclusion Specialist at Office of Accessibility and Inclusion, LUMS.
The webinar started off with a welcome note and introduction of the session by Ms. Aymen Abdullah from the HR team, followed by Dr. Alam who spoke about signs and red flags that can help us identify mental health issues in ourselves. She also highlighted details of the mental health service provided by LUMS through Tibbi and encouraged people to take benefit from it. The HR team then took interactive polls on the happiness of participants, connecting the dots between assessing our own well-being and conscious living.
Ms. Anjum then explained, ‘Mindfulness’ and the ‘Time travelling mind’ that tends to worry about the past or the future instead of living and benefiting from the moment. She also shared techniques and tips for mindful living. This was followed by Ms. Sehgol who talked about cultivating a workplace that supports mental well-being by being more inclusive, recognising biases, and removing barriers. Ayesha also spoke of the importance that a value-based culture in creating an inclusive workplace where connections are valued.
This interactive webinar comprised polls and word clouds which encouraged participants to speak up, share their views anonymously and contribute via comments. The session concluded with an overwhelmingly positive response from the participants and requests for regular sessions where colleagues can engage with each other on important topics.