The World Mental Health Day 2018 was observed on Dhaka University (DU) campus through different programmes including discussions on Wednesday, reports UNB.
This year's theme of the day is 'Young people and mental health in a changing world'.
Marking the day, DU educational and counseling psychology department, and students counseling and guidance service office jointly set up a stall in front of Teacher-Student Center (TSC) to provide free counseling over mental diseases to the people.
DU vice-chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the stall while students counseling and guidance service office director Mahjabeen Haque and educational and counseling psychology department teachers, students and officials of the university, among others, were present at the programme.
"Around 25 per cent people and 10 per cent children of our country are suffering from mental disease. But we don't give emphasis on it like other diseases," said the VC.
Urging the youth, the VC also said, "We must increase awareness against mental disease among the people to ensure proper development of our country; otherwise the development would be hampered. The youth can play a vital role to raise awareness against it through social media."