Beyond Academics: Nurturing Minds at Uniglobe College

Ms. Jyoti Lama, Psychological Counselor

“Sangita (name changed for confidentiality) came from a childhood history of excessive domestic violence where her mother was physically abused by her alcoholic father almost every day. Witnessing daily physical abuse left an indelible impact on her emotional well-being, rendering her emotionally fragile and prone to panic attacks in the face of challenges. However, through the transformative power of psychological counseling, Sangita embarked on a journey of self-discovery. The counseling process empowered her to heal, rebuild her emotional strength, and ultimately achieve remarkable success in her academic pursuits. Today, she not only stands resilient against her past but has emerged as a testament to the transformative power of counseling, embodying newfound confidence and resilience in the face of life’s trials.”

In a country like Nepal, where access to mental health services in educational institutions is still emerging, Uniglobe Secondary School stands at the forefront of this vital initiative. We provide a safe, confidential, and nurturing environment for students to explore their challenges, fostering a culture of empathy and support that is rare in Nepalese colleges. This dedication to student welfare not only aids in their academic and personal development but also positions Uniglobe College as a leader in integrating psychological well-being with education. Our services are a testament to our belief that a healthy mind is just as crucial as academic success, making us a beacon for holistic education in Nepal.

According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which individuals realize their abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and can make contributions to their community. Globally, approximately one in seven adolescents face mental health issues each year. These conditions can drastically affect adolescents’ academic performance, as mental health issues can lead to difficulties in concentration, memory, and motivation. Beyond academics, these struggles also impact physical health, increasing the risk of engaging in unhealthy behaviors and developing chronic conditions.

Mental health challenges in adolescents often stem from multifaceted factors. Inadequate childhood care, encompassing emotional neglect, lack of stable and supportive relationships, and exposure to domestic violence or abuse, profoundly affects an adolescent’s mental well-being, laying the groundwork for issues such as depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders. Developmental challenges—be they emotional, social, or cognitive—can isolate young individuals from their peers, exacerbating feelings of loneliness and inadequacy. Moreover, traumatic experiences such as bullying, academic stress, and family instability during these formative years can intensify the risk of mental health disorders. Together, these elements can undermine an adolescent’s resilience to stress and contribute to the onset of mental health issues, highlighting the critical need for supportive and nurturing environments during childhood and adolescence.



Helping Others

  • Sudden and significant changes in behavior
  • Expression of Unusual Emotions
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Noticeable changes in weight, appearance, or personal hygiene
  • Expressions of distress, hopelessness, or mentions of feeling overwhelmed
  • Sudden decline in academic performance or motivation
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Be your own best friend and your biggest supporter
  • Pause, acknowledge, and name your emotions without judgment
  • Write down what’s in your mind
  • Avoid chasing perfection; accept that mistakes are inevitable
  • Reach out for help
  • Reach out and check in on them
  • Ask what you can do to help
  • Celebrate their small wins
  • Be patient with them
  • Stay connected but respect their space
  • Be a friend, not a doctor; avoid attempting to diagnose their issues

By: Ms. Jyoti Lama, Psychological Counselor

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