-Report filed by the Department of Health-
Dharamshala: The department of health in collaboration with NIMHANS institute, Banglore is organised a life skill practical training from 10-13 January for 33 school teachers and counselors from Tibetan schools located in Southern and Central region of India. Dr Vranda and Dr Joseph from NIMHANS carried out the session through group discussions and activities including role play and games revolving around various life skill that teaches problem-solving, communication and decision making. A session was also covered on the prevention of suicide and helping students deal with stress and depression and failure in life.
The teachers who participated in the workshop are members of school health and adolescent club which is also supported by Department of Health through RMNCHA program and similar theoretical training were organised for teachers and school heads last year.
The training and adolescent program supported by USAID was initiated in 2017 and aims to prevent health problems and promote the health of students through capacity building, facilitation and involvement of stakeholders like school head, teachers, counsellors, caretakers, and students. Student self helps pictorial booklet and lifeskill manuals were also distributed to Tibetan schools in India and Nepal.