Peace Channel & NEISSR observe International Youth Day

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/16/2020 10:15:32 AM IST

Peace channel and North East Institute Of Social Sciences & Research (NEISSR) observed International Youth Day (IYD) on August 12 through a webinar session with guest speakers Rini Ghose, team leader of Serendip Guardians on mental health, Jenpu Rongmei chief functionary of Can Youth on social entrepreneur and Loreni Sophia, advocate and director,  community health initiative (CHI). 

While speaking about Serendip Guardians and mental health in the state, Rini Ghose shared that mental health was not complex as people often think. “Mental health is about emotional, social and psychological well being of an individual. Linking to the theme for youth on engagement for global actions, it is important to advocate for young people on mental health”, she said.

She added that people need to normalize this issue as important as physical health and amid the pandemic, many had come forward to express that they were” not okay”. Ghose expressed concerned over COVID-19 especially with returnees who were mostly young people and facing stress and anxiety over loss of job, quarantine centre ex periences of isolations, etc.

Jenpu Rongmei said that, “We lack action oriented young people now. There is so much to be done and we need to come out”. In his 10 years of work experience on social development sector, he saw that there was lack of sharing and people working together and hoped that young people would resolve conflict inside them and start talking about domestic violence.

Sharing about the latest project, “period movement in Nagaland”, Loreni Sophia said that the journey started for her to address menstruation issues and educate women about their periods, provide sanitary pads and show them how it’s disposed off. Sophia said that with the help of Anoop Khinchi, they launched vending machines for girls in government schools in Dimapur for free, made of bio degradable material.

Meanwhile, the webinar was moderated by Vitono Haralu, trainer and consultant, Peace Channel with a silent prayer in remembrance of frontline workers and people who have lost their lives due to COVID-19. 60 participants attended the webinar and supported by Serendip Guardians, Can Youth, Community Health Initiatives, Nagaland NGOs Forum and Christian Forum Dimapur. The next webinar session is scheduled on August 18, 11 a.m with guest speaker, Nenden Vinna Mutiara Ulfa, co-founder and trainer of school of reconciliation.


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