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Deepika Padukone to speak on importance of mental health for students, parents, teachers

The live talk, which will include psychiatrist and integrative medicine specialist Shyam Bhat and Vedantu founder-CEO Vamsi Krishna, will be held online at 7pm on Sunday 12 July.

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With a lot of academic learning moving online and delayed exam results set to be announced this month, the focus returns on the future of education and how it has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the well-being of educators, parents and students, Vedantu, an EdTech pioneer in online interactive classes, will host a talk with actress Deepika Padukone on the importance of mental health in these difficult times.

The talk will be held online at 7pm on Sunday 12 July. Padukone, a popular youth icon and founder of The Live Love Laugh Foundation, will speak about dealing with stress, anxiety and depression during the pandemic, in a conversation with Vamsi Krishna, founder and CEO of Vedantu.

The actress will also share her own experiences at school, her struggles with mental health, and the work her foundation undertakes.

In a statement about the upcoming talk, Padukone said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much turmoil; social isolation, uncertainty about the future and coping with academic pressures, to name a few. And a global crisis such as this often leads to or aggravates pre-existing mental illness.

“Understanding the importance of mental health and how we can support each other during these times and beyond is most certainly the need of the hour. Through this live session, I look forward to sharing with all of you some of the things I have learnt during the course of my personal and professional journey.”

Krishna will also speak with Dr Shyam Bhat, a psychiatrist, integrative medicine specialist and a trustee of Padukone’s foundation. He will share his advice on the current scenario and its effect on children, parents, and teachers as well as tips to manage stress.

The session will also deal with issues like social isolation and its effect on children’s friendships, and speak about how to cope with new ways of learning for students while maintaining a work-life balance for parents and teachers.

It will also show parents how to seek support and what to expect from mental health professionals, an issue more important as students are now away from their counsellors at school and may face problems reaching out to someone at home.

Vedantu has pledged to donate for each person who attends the talk to The Live Love Laugh Foundation. To participate in the discussion, register at the Vedantu website.

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