The World Mental Health Day 2018 was observed on Dhaka University (DU) campus through different programmes including discussions on Wednesday.
This year's theme of the day is ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world’.
Marking the day, DU Educational and Counseling Psychology (ECP) department and Students Counseling and Guidance Service Office jointly set up a stall in front of Teacher-Student Center (TSC) to provide free mental services to the people.
DU Vice-chancellor Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the stall while Students Counseling and Guidance Service Office director Mahjabeen Haque and Educational and Counseling Psychology department teachers, students and officials of the university, among others, were present at the programme.
“Around 25 percent people and 10 percent children of our country are suffering from mental disease. But we don’t give emphasis on it like other diseases,” said the VC.
Urging the youth, the VC also said, “We must increase awareness against mental disease among the people to ensure proper development of our country; otherwise the development would be hampered. The youth can play a vital role to raise awareness against it through social media.”