Wamique, aka the Grand Old Man of AIIMS, is an unconventional success story. His journey of battling bipolar disorder for more than a decade, emerging as one of the wisest individuals around, is enriching and inspirational. The Literary Secretary of his times, he has immense knowledge of literature, cinema, history, and politics- a conversation with him usually leaves one spellbound. Often seen interacting with juniors and engaging in honest discussions, he has agreed to share his experience and insights about mental health.
Aditya, currently a resident in Paediatrics, is the cheery, ever-beaming fellow, exuding energy and warmth. The academically brilliant Delhiite loves teaching juniors during postings and otherwise. A Quora celebrity, he is a regular in literary circles, with a fierce passion for quizzing. He shall talk about his stint with mental illness, making us realize that good academic performance does not provide immunity against such illnesses (and neither does mental ill health provide immunity against academic performance and success, one can overcome it with grit and perseverance).
The session is moderated by Dr Siddharth Sarkar, Associate Professor at Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, New Delhi, and Arshit Narang, an undergraduate at AIIMS, New Delhi, both of whom think passionately about improving mental health among students. We hope that these narratives provide some hope to those suffering alone in silence, and ease the pain and mental anguish in these troubling times.
The Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (IASP) is delighted to organize a half-day CME on “Medical Students’ Wellness: Challenges and Initiatives”, in a virtual mode.
It is our pleasure to invite you for the IASP CME 2021 to be held at AIIMS, New Delhi on 10th July 2021. Medical students are a valuable human resource for our future. Perceptions of stress and distress among medical students/ residents may have serious professional and personal ramifications.
A galaxy of eminent speakers with hands-on experience in handling Students’ Wellness will address the issues related to causes and manifestations of adaptational challenges and suggest individual and systemic solutions for improving health-care scholars’ wellness.
We promise you a highly stimulating scientific program with opportunities of interactions and perspective taking. The CME will address issues related to antecedents, concomitants and consequences of stress on medical students’ wellness from several perspectives and will seek solutions that enhance individual as well as systemic adaptations.
We are planning to organize the CME in a virtual mode to enhance participation from delegates from all around the nation while maintaining physical distancing. Looking forward to see you in the IASP CME 2021.
This forum is with an aim to provide you a platform to have open and secure discussion around topics of health, well-being and stress. We are working really hard to provide you with the required support and guidance during your stay at the campus. So, kindly follow the below mentioned guidelines to keep conversations healthy and help us in this endeavor.
WHO CAN BE A PART OF THIS FORUM: Students from various undergraduate, postgraduate courses related to medicine, nursing and para-medical branches at AIIMS, New Delhi will be a part of this forum. The student will remain a part of the forum for their entire tenure at AIIMS, New Delhi and their membership will expire after 3 months of tenure completion.
PARTICIPATE: Be active on the forum by
Reacting to content
SHARE: Feel free to share your opinion and understanding around the topic of discussion. Be comfortable in providing appropriate information on topics of health, well-being and stress.
FEEL SAFE & SECURE: The forum is a safe and secure space, so be open in discussion about topics of health, well-being and stress on campus or in general.
BE FRIENDLY: The forum is a friendly place. So be respectful to members of the group and help them express their opinions during discussions.
KEEP IT CLEAN: While posting on the forum use decent communication protocol.
Avoid the use of foul or abusive words/ photographs/links/ blogs, etc.
Use of chat and SMS lingo is not permitted on the group
Avoid asking for personal details like email id, phone number, etc. of members on the group.
Respect others privacy. Don’t post personal details of others without there consent.
Kindly limit the use of emoticons while posting on the group.
Posts created in a dotty style are to be strictly avoided on the group as the same cause inconvenience to other members.
Please do not type using excessive dots or full stops (e.g. Maintaining sleep hygiene…………..is important and……………one should follow the same……………).
If your post is made up of predominantly images, emoticons and memes please ask yourself what it will add to the conversation before posting.
No personal attack on any member of the group will be entertained such as trolling or making use of derogatory/ demeaning/ discriminatory comments. Belittle members or personal attacks will be taken strictly.
Avoid any content that involves elements of discrimination or glorification of activities like anti-academic stuff or promotion of drug/ alcohol use on campus as the group is all inclusive
Strict no to advertising and self-promotion on the group.
Don’t Campaign for votes, etc.
Kindly avoid spamming (posting the same content multiple times) and back to back post on the same thread.
DO NOT POST COPYRIGHT-INFRINGING MATERIAL: Make sure to provide relevant permission and reference details or the original source for information posting on the group. Make use of reputable sources and news article when posting content from external source.
Avoid discussing about politics, religion and other sensitive topics.
SENSITIVE DISCUSSIONS should be avoided on the group. Please feel free to walk into the Student Wellness Centre to discuss about sensitive and personal topics.
As we all know, often students during their college life or stay at hostel feel and experience a lot of difference, this transition can be full of fun and new experiences but at times can come up with new challenges of managing life and increased responsibilities. Students Wellness Centre ensure that you are not alone during your stay at AIIMS.
Few issues are experienced by almost everyone initially during their college years such as academic difficulties, home sickness, social (family and friends) pressures, relationship issues, sense of loneliness, stress, anxiety, difficulty managing conflicts, low confidence, etc. Often as a result of these challenges students find it hard to pay attention on their academics and themselves leading to poor performance and further increase in the level of stress being experienced. Thus, seeking timely intervention is important and beneficial.
Student Wellness Centre (SWC) at AIIMS seeks to enhance individual and collective health of the campus through its various services. It provides professional health and counselling services to students. The services are dedicated to help the student population in making healthy life decisions related to their academics, relationship, stress management in a supportive and confidential environment. The Centre even aims to provide a supporting environment to the students and guide them through personal, social, familial and relationship related challenges. Services here are provided at the primary level to prevent, detect early and treatment issues related to emotional health and psychological conditions.
In short the SWC provides an opportunity to all the students at AIIMS to seek help in times of confusion, challenges and stress so as to regain themselves and their happiness. Counselling and supportive services at the center provides an opportunity to learn ways to handle stress, manage conflicts, make better choices, improve interpersonal relationships, develop confidence and increase academic performance.
Some of the frequent concerns reported by students are as following
Lack of motivation and concentration
Difficulty handling transitions and change
Personal relationships and issues with friends, family, etc.
Conflict with friends
Emotional issues like depression, anxiety
Issues of grief and loss
Difficulty managing work-life balance
Not just this the centre, organizes various events and activities to promote psychological well-being of students as well as to help them take up a balance and health lifestyle. Some important topics covered by the SWC through workshops are
Catching up with Sleep
The art of creating time
Add ROM for your Intel: Learning approaches
The Zen mode: Rebooting life
To provide a nurturing environment at AIIMS that cares for the “whole student”, fostering not only critical thinking and competence but also holistic wellbeing.
Provide advice to and advocacy for students
Act as a hub of resources, referrals and information for students
Promote the academic success and holistic experience of students
It aims to achieve this by provision of sensitive care tailored to the unique and diverse needs of each student in an accessible and respectful environment.
It is with great warmth and enthusiasm that we welcome you all to the AIIMS Community. AIIMS has a unique holistic education system that fosters research, learning and skill building in the area of medical science and associated areas. AIIMS is full of wonderful resources for students, that will enable you to develop a healthy balance between your academic and leisure life. We are confident that your stay at AIIMS over the years will be educative, productive and most memorable. We assure you, that you will create life long bonds and memories here at AIIMS.
At AIIMS to cater to the diversity of the student body, it was felt necessary to develop a structure for students that work towards their welfare in order to ensure holistic experience for students and academic success. In addition, to providing advice and advocacy for students, we wish to act as a hub of resources, referral and information.