The Department of English at the University of Asia Pacific (UAP) marked World Suicide Prevention Day with a compelling and informative workshop held at the UAP auditorium on September 13, 2023. The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Ayesha Islam, Socio Counselor at UAP, and it brought together faculty members, the Head of the Department of English, and eager students in a dynamic exploration of this vital subject.
The event was skillfully orchestrated by the Seminar Committee at the Department of English, UAP. The opening speech by Mr. Takad Ahmed Chowdhury, Convener, Seminar Committee of the Department, set the tone for a thought-provoking and engaging session.
The workshop was structured to provide a comprehensive understanding of mental health and suicide prevention, blending her interactive lecture with real-life scenarios presented through role plays performed by some of the department's students. Ms. Ayesha Islam, the workshop's facilitator, drew upon her extensive experience in counseling to shed light on the intricacies of mental health challenges and strategies for effective intervention. A lively question and answer session followed Ms. Ayesha Islam's presentation.
Students and faculty members actively participated in the whole workshop, making it a forum for open dialogue and the exchange of valuable insights. Attendees left the workshop with not only a deeper understanding of suicide prevention but also a heightened sense of empathy and responsibility towards individuals struggling with mental health issues. The engaging and informative nature of the event made it a memorable and impactful observance of World Suicide Prevention Day.
The Seminar Committee of the Department of English at UAP has consistently demonstrated its commitment to addressing critical societal and educational issues through various initiatives, and this workshop was a shining example of their dedication to raising awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.
World Suicide Prevention Day, observed annually on September 10th, serves as a reminder of the importance of promoting mental well-being, fostering empathy, and providing support to those in need. The Department of English at UAP's initiative to organize this workshop signifies the university's active role in contributing to the global effort to prevent suicide and support individuals facing mental health challenges.
The success of this workshop reinforces the notion that through education, awareness, and compassion, we can make meaningful strides in preventing suicide and creating a safer and more understanding society for all.