On November 4, the program “Meeting between Hanyang University Students and People with Experience in Mental Disorder” was held at Hanyang University (HYU)’s Paiknam Library & Academic Information Center. Organized by the Korea Research Center for Guardianship and Trust (KCGAT), the purpose of the event was to provide HYU students with the opportunity to listen to and communicate with presenters who have experience with mental disorders. The program was held as a town hall meeting, where an open discussion session took place, following the lectures of four presenters.
During the town hall meeting, HYU students could ask questions to the presenters in a comfortable environment. The first presenter was Lee Kwan-hyung, author of the book The Thorn of Paul, who talked about the symptoms, pain and recovery of mental disorders. His book explains in detail how he overcame his mental disorder as a positive experience, conveying words of encouragement.
Professor Je Cheol-ung, Chief Director of KCGAT, expects the program to continue in the future. He hopes to provide wisdom for university students to overcome mental stress they may experience through their studies, employment and interpersonal relationships. He also added that the voices of people with mental disorders have not been heard well. Listening to stories and each individuals’ wonderful lives, not their distorted images, will help encourage HYU students to find their own way to overcome their adversities.
The program was broadcasted live on YouTube for students who were unable to attend offline due to the pandemic. For those who missed the live meeting, the video clips of the meeting will also be uploaded on the KCGAT YouTube channel.