The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, October 9
Haryana, Directorate General of Health Services, observed World Mental Health Day with Theme ‘Mental Health in Unequal World’ today. A State level CME was organised by State Mental Health Cell chaired by Director Health Services, Haryana, Dr Vandana Gupta in presence of former DGHS Haryana, Dr Parveen Garg. The programme was attended by psychiatrists and psychologists from all the 22 districts of Haryana, the CME incorporated Faculty from tricity to focus on topic of Mental Health care for all: Lets make it a reality. Dr Vandana Gupta inaugurated the programme and raised her concern about Mental Health receiving a huge setback because of COVID-19 pandemic. World Mental Health Day aims to spread awareness about importance of mental Illness and talking about it. Talking about this issue Dr Parveen Garg said, “This is the first step in ridding society of the idea that mental health issues remain hidden. So, creating awareness, talking about mental health issues, recognising mental illness, getting treatment support & finally change in behaviour are some of the steps to be taken which can help us address the problem. Dr. Sachin Kaushal consultant psychiatrist talked about financial inequality and mental health and said that to strengthen the programme following steps have to be taken, like Helpline calls to be attended personally by the Nodal Officers of District NMHP. Besides this, steps like Universal health care accessibility, Universal education, Special compensation for women and strengthening HR by training, upgrading skills through capsule courses can bridge the gap of mismatch between need & availability of specialists. Dr Adarsh Kohli, former professor clinical psychology PGIMER Chandigarh shared her experiences in inequalities in mental health especially children and adolescents. Sh. Pradeep Kumar, Consultant Ayush Panchkula did a mini workshop for stress management and good mental health. Dr. Swapanjeet, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER Chandigarh gave an elaborate description on gender inequality and mental health. All the 75 participants from 22 districts of Haryana were presented Certificate of Attendance for CME program organised by State Mental Health Cell, Haryana. Dr MP Sharma, Dr Puneet, Dr Swati and entire team of state Mental Health Cell coordinated and organised the event hosted by Dr Rita Kalra from CH Panchkula.