How to help wisely. Advice from AUA Counselor

The students of AUA were invited to join an open conversation with Counselor Samvel Mkhitaryan in the Center for Student Success Lounge. Samvel Mkhitaryan is psychologist who currently replaces our counselor Yelena Sardaryan.

Mr. Mkhitaryan discussed the recent events in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with many students and gave some important advice to them.

The Counselor talked about the material support that many university students and volunteers collect and send to Nagorno-Karabakh. He said that instead of sending things that we think the frontline needs, it is better to call NKR Ministry of Defense and ask what they need specifically. Maybe they need financial support more than other things. And as you know, the people who receive those materials are volunteers and not the ones who fight for our country.

Another suggestion was to analyze thoroughly and do things that you are more helpful in. Mr. Mkhitaryan brought his own example. He decided to stay in Armenia and not go to the frontline as a psychologist for soldiers. The reason why he made that decision was based on his lack of experience in that kind of situations. There could be soldiers with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event), and it would be an unwise decision to go to the frontline because he doesn’t have enough training. Even if he helped them, it might hurt the soldiers more.

The third and the most important advice was not to live with news about war. We should not forget that life continues. If you follow news 24 hours a day, it will exhaust you. So, it would be better to allocate three to four hours from your day to this activities and the rest to your work. Besides, you will be more productive in that way. So, allocate your time precisely and have control over any circumstances that might occur in the near future.

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