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Study and Exam Skills’ workshop hosted for school-goers at Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta road

Conceptualized as a peer educative initiative, the ‘Study and Exam Skills’ workshop, a subset of Fortis’ Pro-Social Peer Moderator Programme, is a platform for students to learn application based life-skills. It helps learn how to de-stress from exam-related anxiety, thereby improving performance. The sessions were conducted by Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare, and received an enthusiastic participation from 10 schools and around 40 students across Bangalore. These students, from class 9th & 11th, and the participating teachers, in turn, will organize several such sessions at their respective schools for benefit of their peers.
Fortis’ Pro-SocialPeer Moderator Programme hasbeen successfully running in the Delhi-NCR region and has been effectivelyrolled out in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata as well. Nationally, over140 schools will be engaged with for this program, covering effective planningand organization, tips and techniques for effective studying and copingstrategies to deal with exam anxiety; concerns that rid students and parentsalike. Dr Samir Parikh, Director,Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare,said, “Anxiety often comesin way of children not being able to perform at their optimal best. Ourprograms have been very helpful in successfully addressing the issue andequipping the youth to learn skills required for their all-round personalitydevelopment. In the competitive environment that children are in today,learning and developing life skills are more important than ever”.
He further adds, “Students need to understand that exams areimportant milestones in their life, but with the right approach and a littlehelp, they can become a rewarding opportunities. This workshop enables studentsto cope with the social, institutional and personal demands related toacademics. At the same time, it is designed to impact skills and strategies toinculcate effective studying practices”. Life skill programs have beenidentified as one of the key areas that can bring about a lasting change in theeducational system and enhance the personality of school-going children. Thesehelp foster positive growth and development, and prevent the occurrence ofmental health related and social problems.
Parents and teachersmay also seek guidance from ‘LetHim Not Sink’, which is co-authored by Dr Samir Parikh and Dr‎ KamnaChhibber from the Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences. Thisbook will help enhance the knowledge of adults working with children inrelation to mental health conditions. This will help identify and enable earlytreatment of mental health illnesses in children; ensuring their well-being.