KARACHI: The University of Karachi’s psychology department is organising a ‘Mental Health Awareness Drive’ from tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11am.
According to the department’s chairperson, Prof Dr Farah Iqbal, depression will move to first place in the list of global burden of diseases in 2030. She predicted that more people will be disabled due to depression than any other illness.
Prevalence of depression in Pakistan is more than 40%, with women accounting for 57% while more than a quarter of men in the county suffer from depression.
She said that final year students of the department will be visiting 15 departments from all faculties in the university during the drive. All faculty members of the department will be supervising the activity, she added.
The psychology department has established a counseling centre at its premises where professional counseling is offered to students, faculty members, staff and private clients. The centre’s vision is to promote mental health wellbeing and make it accessible, especially to students.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd, 2018.