Depression and WHO

Titled, “Depression and WHO”, this fortnight’s Mind Matters column of Shyamanta Das, the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) in Horizon, the Friday supplement with The Assam Tribune discusses the review article, “WHO campaign to fight depression: an urgent public health agenda” by Sohini Banerjee and Arabinda N Chowdhury, and published in the current issue (July-December 2018, Volume 9 Issue 2) of OJPAS®.

24 Tech Soft


Samrat Singh Bhandari and Shyamanta Das, the Assistant Editor and the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) are with Amarjit Sarma and Nicholas Thakuria of 24 Tech Soft in pursuit of upgrading the journal website.



Suresh Bada Math, MD, DNB, PGDMLE, PGDHRL, PhD in Law (NLSIU) joins the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) as Ombudsman to enrich the journal’s endeavour by guiding in legal and ethical issues through expertise in the field of forensic psychiatry. Dr. Suresh is Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry; Chief of Tele-Medicine & Community Psychiatry; Consultant, Forensic Psychiatry and OCD, In-charge of Legal Aid Clinic; National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, India.

Workshop in 181 women helpline


The Secretary of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), Bornali Das conducted a workshop on “Psychosocial management of women affected in violence” in 181 women helpline centre. Underscoring the importance of joint initiative by government and public to tackle crimes against women, 181 Sakhi toll-free women helpline was established in May 2018 in Assam, to intensify women’s security and upholding their dignity. The helpline assists women in terms of social welfare schemes, shelter, counseling, medical examination, filling FIR, legal aid, recording of audio and visual depositions, and emergency response and rescue. The training in psychosocial management for counsellors and supervisors had immensely helped them as they had a better understanding of how to integrate along with legal and social guidance.