Mental health is often overlooked from early years at home and school. However, teachers have it in themselves for they can hear their students, be emphatic to how they feel and let them assure that it is fine to think, like and act their way, as they do, as they want to.

In a world of so many aches, wounds and scarcities, a few healing touches appear to be as indispensable as light and water are to life on planet. Faced with all the peaks and complete devastations, life always had its way through it in different ways, in different colours and in different ages. All the time the facilitator for that promising healing touch happened to be a new character in story, ranging from a bishop in church to a judge in court of justice to a guru or a teacher sitting in age-old gurukul or modern day school.

 

A few days ago, when I was having a chat with my friend regarding her teacher eligibility test’s preparation for Psychology subject portion, a teenager sitting by me wondered if such a heavily-loaded subject was a part to secondary level teaching practice. I tried to convince him about this by explaining that when you go out of school, all that you are other than subject knowledge acquired is effect of that very psychological understanding your teacher had about you in your school days. Teachers’ capability of understanding psychology of their students help in caricaturing personalities and behaviours that are natural to its core and ready-to-land in this world.

 

The situation is far from ideal, a large majority is plagued with mental situations, if not mental disorders or illnesses. The reason being mental health is often overlooked from early years at home— better count of nuclear families & working parents playing its part— and later at school for all it has reduced to is exams and marks. Unfortunately, a somewhat decayed quality of teaching is also not to hide from anyone for it is very much visible through the crisis we face today.

 

A teacher, though, is not a doctor who can cure or mange mental situation but they surely are very much equipped to handle its students’ by analysing their responses in body language and mental state because medical sciences and pills alone are not warriors and it is the socialistic part of psychology that can counter this enigma. Teachers can hear their students, be emphatic to how they feel and let them assure that it is fine to think, like and act their way, as they do, as they want to. All these positive aspects of teacher-student duo engagement enables new generational people to be such human beings who are imaginative, free in themselves, sensitive and helping and most importantly a healthy mental state, so as to tackle what life brings to them.        

 

In this hustle and bustle of everyday life, when the tagline of day says ‘I am overworked and really short of time’, every little healing effort counts. Children spend a big part of their day with teachers, in that case, each minute counts as an opportunity for teachers to engage, especially the mental part, and work for a happier childhood and later life.