SOEAS organises awareness seminar at FAST NU in Islamabad

Seminar focuses on creation of Buddy Support System to raise social taboos and issues

Our Correspondent March 31, 2019

ISLAMABAD: To address the grave concerns of growing psychiatric and stress related problems in society, an awareness seminar was held at FAST- National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences

The seminar “Work Place Depression” was organised by students of NU-FAST in collaboration with Support of Ethics and Sustainability (SOEAS) focusing on the creation of a Buddy Support System to raise social taboos and issues.

According to details, the seminar was addressed by prominent health experts and social activists including Dr. Rizwan Taj, Dr. Ehsen Naveed Irfan, Dr. Abdus Satar Danish, Tauseeq Haider, Nabiha Fida along with Chairperson of Higher Education Punjab MPA Asia Amjad and Chairperson of CM Punjab Inspection Team MPA Momina Waheed.

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While addressing the seminar, speakers urged the audience to avoid workplace depression by sharing their problems with others. They appreciated the idea of Buddy Support System while terming it a game changer in the lives of people who are facing psychological problems.When an employee is depressed, it can affect not only that employee's productivity and happiness, but the entire mood of his or her co-workers and their productivity too.

While answering the questions, renowned anchor person Tauseeq Haider said that loneliness and being alone are two different things and it is important for us to define them separately.

Praising the buddy support system, Haider said that being in touch with others is an important thing so that we can share our thoughts and problem with our buddy. He vowed the students to identify their best buddy who may help in decreasing undue pressure and depression.

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While explaining the process of different point of views, senior health expert Dr. Saleem said that people were not wrong but people are different and this is what we have to understand while judging others. We need to understand this reality and once we are done with it our life will entirely be changed, he added.

While talking about psychological & psychiatric treatments, Dr. Rizwan Taj said that there are different treatments for different kinds of problems including short term treatments and long term treatments. Discussing the modern way outs to get help for psychological problems, Nabiha Fida said that there are many online supports available for patients to discuss their problems with counsellors.


Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2019.


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