Amidst the global outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, an International Level Web Conference took place on Friday (July 3, 2020) having “Leadership, Development of Youth, and Mental Health during the time of Pandemic” as the main theme.
Jointly organized by Bangladesh based youth-oriented platform Luminar Bangladesh and Nepal based social organization Sanitation, Environment and Energy (SEE) Nepal, the one-day virtual meet was joined by the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal - Mashfee Binte Shams, Former Member of Parliament of Lok Sabha (India) - Udit Raj, Assistant Professor at University of Dhaka (Bangladesh) - Nazir Hossain Khan, Indoor Medical Officer at Mitford Hospital (Bangladesh) - Dr. Asifur Rahman and Managing Director at Suvadin Media - Miss Nepal 2005 Sugarika KC as the key-note speaker.
Addressing the virtual conference, Ambassador Shams said although the coronavirus is primarily a health issue, it has a more psychological and economic impact. Pointing out the issues such as schools and businesses being closed down for the last three months, she focused on the necessity of supporting each other to combat the situation. Shams encouraged youth to come forward in supporting the needy people in this time of pandemic as young people are good at networking and can make a difference in society.
Former MP of India Udit Raj stated that mental health issues are rising in Asian countries in this period of isolation. He advised the youth not to feel shy to share their mental health issues and practicing yoga can be helpful. Addressing the issues if the opportunities are going to be less in the post-pandemic era, he opined that the more innovative prospects are going to be created in the coming days.
Similarly, Dr. Asifur Rahman shared that the suicides rate is on the rise during this pandemic time. Emphasizing on the identification of which group is being affected more by the pandemic is important to carry out the solution measures, he expressed that young people are the most vulnerable group. He suggested for being open about mental health issues and further not hesitating to consult the psychiatrist when somebody feels low.
Prof. Nazir Hossain Khan highlighted the powerful role youth can play to fight the pandemic. He called out young people to come together in a form of global solidarity and not only follow the safety measures by themselves but also educate their family as well as the community about the diseases and its prevention. He emphasized that the youth can play the lead role to defeat the coronavirus.
Likewise, MD at Suvadin Media, Sugarika KC shared her own transformative journey from the initial days of the pandemic to the present times and how she came over with an idea to empower youth through various online training. She advised youth rather than taking preventive measures to the pandemic as a burden, learn to live with them which will make life much easier and safer. She also pointed out that the pandemic time is the best time for youth to identify their capabilities.
Concluding the International Level Web Conference on “Leadership, Development of Youth, and Mental Health during the time of Pandemic”, the organizer informed that they are planning to continue the conference in series catering to the various burning issues.