World Mental Health Day celebrated on a positive note

Joint initiative taken by many doctors and organisations throughout the world will help in healing all the people emotionally and mentally

We all are familiar with the fact that Health is Wealth. But in this context, the word 'Health' does not only imply physical health, but it also involves the mental and social health of a person
A balanced and peaceful mind is very important for the inner happiness of a person. In the current scenario, even though we keep on speaking about a 'so-called' perfect healthy life, most of us tend to ignore our mental health. For most of us 'STRESS IS A PART OF LIFE AND IS NATURAL'. The same is the case with anger and agony which adds to the deteriorating of physical health in the long run as well.
The tough times during Covid had added to the number of increased cases of mental illnesses around the globe. A recent survey reveals that around 14% of the population or 1 out of 7 individuals suffer from psychological disorders. In India, this figure is equal to 200 million individuals. About 50 million people in India fall victim to depressive disorders and an equal number of people suffer from anxiety disorders.
Every year, October 10 is celebrated as World Mental Health Day with an aim to create awareness about mental health issues and the psychological disorders related to them. The year for this year's theme was "MENTAL HEALTH IN AN UNEQUAL WORLD".
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, various organizations and hospitals conducted seminars and workshops to make people aware of mental health.
A balanced and peaceful mind is very important for the inner happiness of a person. In the current scenario, even though we keep on speaking about a 'so-called' perfect healthy life, most of us tend to ignore our mental health.
A webinar was organized by the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Northeastern Regional Centre, Guwahati on the topic "MENTAL HEALTH FOR DEVELOPMENT FUNCTIONARIES".
Representative image.
Image: Representative image.
Initiating the seminar, Prof Harry Minas ( Head, Global Culture Mental Health Unit at the University of Melbourne said that there was an urgent need to integrate mental health into development strategies.
The former chief secretary of Tripura, G Kameshwara Rao inaugurated the webinar which also had the presence of Dr. Sudipto Chatarjee, who is a psychiatrist at Parivartaan, which is also one of the co-organizers of the webinar.
Psychiatrist, Dr. T Vijaya Kumar, who was also a part of this webinar, said that it is high time that we need to have equal access to mental health care across the nation.
Earlier, psychiatrist Dr. Sumi Das had said, "Mental health is the most important part of one's life. We being doctors can just help through medicines and counseling but the positive attitude and mental affirmation of the patient is equally important to heal him".
In the same context senior psychiatrist, Dr. Bhaben Sarma(name changed) added, "It is true that when one goes through a tough time, individually, sometimes somethings becomes very difficult for him or her. In such cases, the family also plays a huge role in bringing back positivity towards his life".



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