President in Deutsche Welle

The President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), Mythili Hazarika is interviewed by journalist, Anne-Sophie Brändlin, Editorial Lead, Information and News from News Digital and covered in the broadcast, “How the pandemic affects the mental health of young people” as well as telecast via DW (Deutsche Welle) from Berlin, Germany that is available in: Twitter, YouTube, Instagram.

Mental health in Indian women

The President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), Mythili Hazarika is one of the panelists for Kavyavarsha International Women’s Day special presentation in collaboration with Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF), a government of Assam and TATA Trusts initiative, and Girl Up Tezpur on Awareness on cervical cancer and deterioration of mental health in Indian women.

Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme

Bornali Das, the Secretary of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) is invited as a resource person in two-day capacity building programme for women welfare officers and district coordinators under Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme of 15 districts, organised by State Resource Centre for Women, Assam (SRCW, Assam).

Monitoring mental health

Nature” reports the initiatives of the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), Mythili Hazarika and her colleagues to tackle the psychological impact of the COVID pandemic in the State of Assam, Republic of India. “Profile of distress callers and service utilisation of tele-counselling among the population of Assam, India: an exploratory study during COVID-19” by Hazarika et al. and published in the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) is highlighted. Focus is drawn to the “Best Practice Guidelines for Telepsychology during Disasters (COVID-19 Pandemic)” by Hazarika et al. The report also throws light to the state-wide remote mental-health service called Monon wherein 400 volunteer counsellors were trained and anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam received a call from the service. This proactive approach helped overcome stigma and lack of awareness related to mental illness, and the service had called more than 43,000 people.

ARCANA-ECHO Internship Program: Felicitation ceremony

The ongoing ‘ARCANA-ECHO Internship program’, consisting of 12 weekly sessions, trains psychologists. The sessions follow the ECHO model of training through case-based discussions and updates on clinical guidelines and best practices. They are didactic and interactive. Twenty to 25 participants attend each session. The experts at these sessions are clinical psychologist, psychiatric social worker, and psychiatrist from SoMHiL.

On 4th December 2020, the mentors Shyamanta Das (Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®), Mythili Hazarika (President of SoMHiL), Bornali Das (Secretary of SoMHiL) and Atanu Baruah felicitated the experts for their contribution.

The memorandum between ECHO India and MONON, ARCANA SoMHiL was launched on 15th October 2020. Read the article here.

Global Psychiatry: A LAMIC Perspective – V

The Editorial Board Member of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®), Prof. (Dr.) Russell Franco D’Souza, MD, spoke on ‘Embitterment and Post Traumatic Embitterment Disorder and Productivity’ in the fifth event of the webinar series, “Global Psychiatry: A LAMIC Perspective”. Prof. (Dr.) Russell is the Executive Director and Dean, International Institute of Organisational Psychological Medicine (IIOPM), Australia: USA: UK. The opening remarks was delivered by Kailash Karthik N, IAS, Deputy Commisioner, Kamrup (R), State of Assam, Republic of India. The session was moderated by Uddip Talukdar, MD, Executive Editor of OJPAS®. This webinar series, “Global Psychiatry: A LAMIC Perspective” is an initiative of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), as part of MONON: Assam Cares (https://www.ojpas.com/ojpas-2020-07-27-fulltext.html), in collaboration with ECHO India.