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Dr. Raj Salunke, President, Sharda Group, Emphasized on Importance of Mental Health of Students

“Half of the day child spent their time with teacher and parents. They must take certain action for child to learn something, rather than isolation and discrimination,” said Dr. Raj Salunke, President, Sharda Group in an interview at “ArdorComm New Normal- Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023” held in Pune, Maharashtra on 24th November 2023.

What’s your take on the mental health of teachers and students?

In the context of the cut-throat competition prevailing in today’s educational landscape, the mental health of both teachers and students becomes a critical concern. The intense competition demands a lot, making it imperative for the well-being of children to encompass emotional, social, and psychological aspects. The crucial role of parents and teachers in shaping a child’s mental health is acknowledged, as a substantial portion of a child’s day is spent in the company of these influential figures. Actions taken by parents and teachers, fostering an environment that promotes learning rather than isolation and discrimination, play a pivotal role in maintaining the mental health equilibrium.

Any suggestion for children who don’t feel confident sharing problems with parents or teachers?

For children facing difficulties in sharing their concerns with parents or teachers, the situation requires careful handling. Teachers, being a significant presence in a child’s life, should approach such situations with calmness and initiate a conversation to uncover the underlying issues affecting the child. Providing proper guidance and support is crucial to creating a conducive and pleasurable learning environment, ensuring that children feel comfortable expressing their concerns and confronting and calming their mental problems.

Any suggestions to address the upcoming mental health challenges in the upcoming generation?

Addressing the impending mental health challenges in the upcoming generation necessitates honesty and dedicated time-sharing with children. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is easy for parents and educators to become engrossed in their own tasks, inadvertently neglecting the mental well-being of the younger generation. Maintaining open communication between parents and children is paramount, as disruptions in this connection can lead to issues such as depression and severe troubles. Proactive steps, such as honest conversations and dedicated time-sharing, are pivotal in ensuring the mental health and well-being of the upcoming generation.

What was your overall takeaway from today’s event?

Today’s event provided a wealth of insights, particularly in the context of the prevailing technological era and diverse educational approaches. The emphasis on technology and the multitude of players in the educational field highlighted the potential contributions of various technologies to enhance students’ knowledge and, ultimately, contribute to universal well-being. The event underscored the importance of staying abreast of these advancements to foster a holistic educational environment that addresses both academic and mental health aspects for the benefit of the upcoming generation.

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