World Mental Health day Observed at LGBRIMH Tezpur
World Mental Health Day is observed universally on the 10th of October every year with a relevant mental health theme. This year’s theme of is “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”.
LGB Regional Institute of Mental Health being a standalone institute with a regional mandate for mental health, has been regularly observing the World Mental Health Day every year. This year LGBRIMH is observing the World Mental Health Day though a month-long mental health programs within its campus and the community. World Mental Health Day programs commenced from the 8th October and will conclude on the 10th of November.
The programs are broadly categorized as school and college outreach programs, community mental health camps and public mental health awareness and promotion activities. With an aim to engage with the youth, several contests on mental health based themes will be conducted in various college campuses in and around Tezpur.
The inauguration of the program commenced on the 10th of October with the lighting of lamp by the dignitaries, Chief Guest Prof. Alak Kumar Buragohain, founder Head and Prof, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Bio Technology, Tezpur College and Guest of Honour Prof. S.K. Padmapati, retired Head, Dept. of Economics, Tezpur College and Dr. S.K Deuri, Director, LGBRIMH, Tezpur. Dr. Sonia P. Deuri, Head and Prof. Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work and Chairperson of the organizing delivered the welcome address.
Dr. Diptarup Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology and the Organizing Secretary, unfolded the theme for this year- ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’. Focusing on the whole spectrum of mental illness-mental distress-mental wellbeing, he emphasized the need to transform ‘monologues’ into ‘dialogues’ and ‘multilogues’ by engaging with the youth in collaborative and community based mental health promotive activities.
In keeping with this year’s theme, a community outreach program targeting the students from various colleges in and around Tezpur, a youth initiative called ‘Yuva-Mann-Meet’ was launched. The initiative is planned as a sustainable, popular, collaborative, driven-by-zeal, volunteering-based approach. It aims to induct and orient college youth for enhancing public awareness about mental health, fighting stigma and promoting positive mental health. The initiative is led by Department of Clinical Psychology of LGBRIMH and is actively supported by other departments of the institute.
On the inaugural day, the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour released the logo of ‘Yuva-Mann-Meet’ created by the youth of LGBRIMH. Following this, Dr. Priya Saxena, Assistant Professor, I/C Department of Clinical Psychology gave an overview of the activities planned for the month-long mental health programs. The Guest of Honour, Prof. S.K. Padmapati delivered a talk on social commitment of youth. Prof. Alak Kumar Buragohain, Chief Guest spoke on the th role of spirituality to maintain well-being. Dr. S.K Deuri, Director, LGBRIMH, shared his views on the mental health issues of youth in this changing world.
The Mental Health trainees of LGBRIMH, rendered a group song ‘I have a dream’ by ABBA that reflects the dreams, positivity and hope among young people in this changing world.
Dr. Arunjyoti Baruah, Professor and Head Department of Psychiatric Nursing and co-chairperson of the organizing committee, gave the vote of thanks and program concluded with the National Anthem.
The program was attended by several prominent persons of Tezpur from varied fields, students, staff and faculty of LGBRIMH, Tezpur.