South Calcutta Girls' College

Affiliated to University of Calcutta | Accredited Grade A by NAAC | Recipient of RUSA 2.0 Grant | ISO 9001:2015 Certified

72, Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata 700025, West Bengal, India

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Counselling Cell

SESSION: 2019-2020


Counselling cell remains open every Wednesday from 12pm to 4pm. There is a separate room for counselling within the college premises. All the information shared by students are remained strictly confidential. Confidentiality is the prime condition of all counselling sessions. Besides individual sessions , counselling cell has also conducted several group sessions with power -point presentation. Our college had celebrated WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY on 1Oth SEPTEMBER 2019.


Counselling cell always help students to set their individual goals and maintain academic standards. It is also important to take ones own mental health as it affects individuals emotion, thinking, feeling, and physiological health also. In individual counselling session, student learns to understand their emotions, deal with anger, clear their doubts and conflict. During individual session students are also trained on how to strategies and take meaningful decisions. Every year nearly about 70-100 students take counselling help with satisfactory result.


1. Counselling cell has conducted interactive session about ˜INTRODUCION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING for Psychology department students on 26/9/2019. The session was conducted by college counsellor . The session was about counsellor and counselling. A counsellor is a trained person to deal with someone in distress. It is a process of being empathise, comfort and listen to someone who experiencing emotional distress. Sessions could be one to one or one to many. Information are also provided about symptoms and severity of mental illness.

2.Counselling cell had also conducted interactive session about ˜STRESS AND COPING for psychology department on 27/9/2019.The session was conducted by college counsellor. The session was all about to give students on stress coping strategies. They were also demonstrated few mindfulness exercises.

3. Counselling cell had conducted interactive session about UNDERSTADING MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL FITNESS on 28/6/2019 for all the college students. The session was conducted by college counsellor. This session was about to understand emotions, Counselling and how to deal with it.

4.College cell along with Department of Psychology had also celebrated WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY in two segments. Poster presentation and power point presentation by students. Poster presentation was held on 4.09.2019 and power point presentation was held on 18.9.2019. Several topics were given to each department. Psychology department represents on basic characteristic of mental health and differences between neurotic and psychotic disorder. Zoology, Botany, physiology, Psychology represents neurochemical functioning of mental health. Sociology, History, Philosophy , Education, represents early history and social stigma of mental health. Economics , political science , Geography represents world-wide and Indian statistical approach towards mental health and also state a glimpse of mental health act of India. English, Bengali departments represents Views of author about mental health in literature.

5.Counselling cell had also made a power point presentation for students on ˜IDEAS TO KEEP CALM DURING LOCKDOWN DAYS. It has already been uploaded to college website. Some suggestions were provided to deal with immediate psychological reactions. Some key points from power point presentation are given below:-

  • MEDITATION help to focus of present
  • SELF CARE- eat healthy , sleep well and stay fit.
  • TIME-SCHEDULING- Prepare a routine to perform daily activities
  • ACTIVITES IN MORNING& DAY- How to start your morning and to organise day time.
  • ACTIVITIES IN EVENING & NIGHT- How to manage evening and plan for good sleep.

6.Counselling cell had also provided power point presentation on how to deal with depressive thoughts during lockdown ˜ WAYS TO FIGHT DEPRESSION AND COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS NOT YOUR PROBLES .

7.Counselling cell AND Department of Psychology had also conducted and IQAC promoted webinar on ˜PSYCHO-SOCIAL WELLBEING IN PANDEMIC CONDITION (COVID-19)on 12th may from 4pm onwards. The speaker was Dr.Rima Mukherji who is Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Founder Director of Crystal Minds. She is an empanelled Psychiatrist with American consulate and jointly collaborating in doing awareness program with West Bengal Commission for protection of child rights. The Reason behind this webinar was to motivate students and faculties and how to overcome stress during pandemic.

8. Counselling cell had also initiated a program on ˜EXPRESS YOURSELF THROUGH CREATIVITY along with Department of Psychology. With the COVID 19 outbreak , our day to day life has become full of stress. In this connection students can express their feeling through creativity in form of creative writing and painting.

9. Counselling cell had taken initiative SHARE YOUR INITIATIVE where students can easily share their feeling through a help desk number.

10. Counselling cell is conducting session on several topics every Wednesday 3pm-4pm through google meet.

The Counselling Cell has been active in both online and offline modes. Till February 2022, the counselling cell was active online. From March 2022 onwards, offline sessions commenced. The session has been divided into two segments: individual session and group session. The College respects and maintains the confidentiality of the students during individual sessions.


September is significant month of mental health as 10th September is observed as World Suicide Prevention Day. In 2021, the Department of Psychology, along with the Counselling Cell organized Poster Competition to create awareness among students. The Counselling cell organized the weekly group sessions on suicide prevention. The discussion focused on the causes and prevention of suicide. The causes may range from genetic or family history of suicide, family violence, low self-esteem, inability to cope with perceived failure, feeling alienation from society, friends and family. In future it helps the students to recognize warning signs and calls for immediate therapeutic intervention.


On the basis of students’ request, the weekly group session was taken on Panic Attack. Panic attack is an abrupt behavioural manifestation of intense fear or discomfort that reaches peak within minutes and symptoms are clearly visible with some physiological effects. The symptoms are palpitation, accelerated heart rate, sweating, feeling of discomfort, nausea, numbness or tingling, feeling dizzy or fainting and fear of losing self-control. The discussion in future helps the students to recognize a panic attack. In such cases, mindfulness exercise can help to focus attention on the present, recognize the present emotional state and meditation to reduce stress. Medication is also required in such cases.


The weekly session was held with newly admitted students. The session delivered preliminary introduction on the Counselling Cell and counselling.


The weekly session was on Cyber Addiction and how to reduce screen time.


On 8th March 2022, the Counselling cell celebrated Women’s Day. A motivational speech was given by the college counsellor for all the students. The talk was on recognizing inner strength and empowerment, so that inner strength or inner ability will help to accomplish ongoing and upcoming work. Our thought influences our work. So, it is essential to avoid negative talk and negative thoughts. Students were urged to be the “caption of your own ship.”

17th March 2022, the counselling cell participated in the NSS camp. The Counsellor delivered a talk along with power point presentation on positive ways of dealing with emotions. Our Principal Madam also delivered a motivational speech for the students on this occasion.


During April-May 2022, the weekly session was on exam stress. Students were guided to stay focused on study and avoid distraction. However, it ts absolutely normal to feel some amount of stress during examinations as it can challenge and stimulate one to work harder. In addition to that, students were advised to follow daily routine, reduce screen time, have good sleep and maintain proper diet. In case someone is overwhelmed by stress, therapeutic or professional intervention was suggested.


Like every year, the Counselling Cell observed World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September. The weekly interactive group session was on Suicide and its prevention .
The day was observed by the conduct of a Poster Competition organized by the Department of Psychology and the Counselling Cell and a role play by the students.

The Second weekly session of the month was on how to build up confidence, as per the request of the students from the Dept. of Education. The discussion focused on confidence as understanding inner ability to accomplish ongoing and upcoming work. It also focused on avoiding negative self- talk and negative thought.

Last Modified : Wed 08th February 2023 at 11:20:13 AM