Drug Awareness Seminar; “Learning Today, Saving Tomorrow”

Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 17:00

I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery- this is one of  the trademark of a youth; capitalizing this, youth always have a quench of exploring the new and sometimes this new becomes shady  in disguise. Drugs can be listed on of top most topics on this page. Drug abuse causes many serious problems, such as violence, stress, depression and so on. Like many other countries, in Bangladesh abusing drugs is becoming a menace to the society and especially among the youth to name.

Therefore, to enlighten the students of BRAC University; about the ramification of abusing drugs, two sessions of this seminar were conducted on September 27, 2017 and October 11, 2017 at BRAC University Residential Campus. The objectives of the sessions were to create an awareness of the cycle of addiction, empower the students to practice preventive measures to say no to drugs and being a supportive fellow for the others to stop abusing drugs.

On those very welcoming  evening Mr. Rehan Ahmed, Campus Superintendent of the Residential Campus greeted the audience and introduced the objective of the seminar. The Renowned Psychologist Professor Mehtab Khanam, Chairperson, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, University of Dhaka and Adviser of the Counseling Unit, BRAC University started the session with insightful concepts about the significant of Mental Health Care and a stabilization meditation exercise. Later on, three guest speakers shared their personal experiences of the negative impacts of abusing drugs and how they recovered from drug addiction. Their miserable life experiences regarding recovery from drug addiction touched the audience very much at the same time a new corner to think of regarding this concern. After that, Professor Mehtab Khanam discussed about the concepts of addiction, self reflection on addiction, communication style, the rules of assertion, functions of different ego states to say NO to drugs and some important tips to prevent addiction. Throughout the session, several role plays were conducted by the students and members of the counseling unit regarding how students can protect themselves from taking drugs. During the session, the students were very much enthusiastic and positive regarding the issue.

Concluded part was discussed by Mr. Rehan Ahmed by giving thanks to all the students of Residential Semester Fall-2017, distinguished guest speakers, members of the Counseling Unit, admin and management staff who supported to organize the seminar successfully.