Bhubaneswar, Nov 28 (LocalWire): The All India Institute of Medical Sciences here organized a first-of-its-kind training on Global Mental Health Assessment Tool (GMHAT) today.
With an impressive gathering comprising mostly parents, experts from University of Manchester, United Kingdom and mental health experts from the country held counseling sessions, imparted tips and issued instruction to a cross-section of participants on the ‘dos and don’ts’ to get better of this emerging mental illness.
Excessive mobile or electronic gadget use by children is emerging as a very disturbing trend.
It is turning out to be a major distracting factor with teenagers suffering academically.
‘I am deeply perturbed as my child spends too much of time on the smartphone.
Spending time on mobile had assumed addiction proportion.
I learnt tips, ways and means to curb my child’s addictive habit,’ said a homemaker who took part in the one day training-cum-workshop.
‘I was advised to motivate him towards extracurricular activities, sports, games, physical exercise and yoga or towards creative work.
I was also advised that the child should not be forced upon to give up using the smartphone.
The frequency and duration of use should be systematically trimmed down or else the child may develop irritation and reactionary mindset,’ she said.