LAHORE - The Mental Health Week comprising four-day forensic psychology conference, workshops, co-curricular activities, plays and music concluded here on Monday. The purpose of holding the week was to highlight various aspects of psychological illness and their solutions. The conference organised by the department of psychology, Government College University, suggested workable solutions regarding police empathy training, media coverage of terrorism, issues relating to governance, social and legal interventions. It was suggested that in the co-curricular activities the students belonging to all parts of the country would be allowed to express their opinions and sentiments regarding crises in the country. Participating teams and academicians from leading the institutions deeply appreciated Department Chairperson Dr Farah Maliks efforts for organising the event at a time when addressing the issue was needed. The conference organised a range of academic and co-curricular activities under the theme 'Forensic Psychology: Issues and interventions especially focusing on the current situation of mounting violence and terrorism in the country. Dr Farah Malik who was also chief organiser of the conference said it was organised keeping in view the quagmire of terrorism that was prevailing in the country, its devastating psychological effects and the need for developing an effective intervention strategy. She said since violence and terrorism is psychological warfare, its high time for those who belong to this field to come forward and provide a practical solution to this quagmire that we were facing as a nation. GCU VC Dr Khalid Aftab appreciated the departments efforts for arranging the mental health week. KIU VC Gilgit Dr Najma Najam in her keynote address analysed the issue of terrorism through various psychological perspectives and highlighted various factors to address the issue of terror and violence. The conference was spread over six academic sessions with a total of 30 research papers presented, two lectures namely 'Terrorism: New Trends in Pakistan by Akhtar Ali Syed and 'Suicide Risk and Prevention by Dr Safiullah Afghan and also a workshop on 'suicide risk management. Two panel discussions on coping with terrorism and violence were also arranged in which eminent columnists and analysts Oriya Maqbool Jan and Mubashar Luqman, academicians Saroosh Irfani, Prof Khalid Saeed, Amjad Tufail, barristers Mian Abdul Qudoos and Justice (r) Zufiqar Ali Bokhari participated. Shirkat Gah and Director Rescue 1122 Rizwan Nasir, and SP Shahzad Asif also addressed.