Child sexual abuse

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Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), as a panelist with few eminent others on the Children’s Day, shared and discussed various perspectives of child sexual abuse in a public forum among the youth at Cotton University, Guwahati. uTSAH, UNICEF, and NSS unit of Cotton University deserve applause for taking up this always unaddressed issue in the community in a pragmatic manner. The programme ended with a signature campaign and a commitment to do a project for a year by Cotton University.

Professor Deepali Dutta Memorial Oration

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The memoir to commemorate the Professor Deepali Dutta Memorial Oration, edited by Suresh Chakravarty and Shyamanta Das, the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) and published by the Department of Psychiatry, Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati is released during the oration delivered by Prof. Punyadhar Das on “Existentialism and Logotherapy” at the Academic Hall of GMCH.

Parenting stress

The President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), Mythili Hazarika spoke on “Patenting stress: implication and management” in the programme on ‘Parenting and stress management’ at the Academic Hall of Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati, organised by the Lady Doctors’ Association of GMCH, Sanjibani Sangha.

ESSAH

ESSAH is a centre for development of special children. It is started by the mothers of the special children which is the first such unique approach in Guwahati. They have taken a vocational and skills-based approach for the rehabilitation. Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) gave them knowledge on disability certification, various approaches to address the children issues and parental stress.

Chair & paper

The Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®), Shyamanta Das chaired the Free Papers Session as well as the Forensic Psychiatry Lecture, “Ethics and Psychiatry” by Rajesh Kumar in the 44th Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society – Eastern Zonal Branch (CEZIPS 2018) at Mahabodhi Hotel, Resorts & Convention Centre, Bodhgaya. Shyamanta, also co-authored the following papers presented in the conference: “A study on seasonal variation and sex specific psychiatric service utilization in a tertiary care centre” by Chayanika Choudhury, “Investigation of the relationship between Toxoplasma gondii and psychosis” by Jyotismita Choudhury, “A comparison of suicidal risk of patients with bipolar versus unipolar depression” by Porimita Chutia, and “Bed occupancy by substance use disorder patients in a tertiary care hospital” by Arundhati Bhagabati.

Mindfulness as self-care practice

Bornali Das, the Secretary of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) delivered the invited lecture on “Mindfulness as self-care practice” in the 44th Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society – Eastern Zonal Branch (CEZIPS 2018) with the theme of ‘Prevention is Possible – Protect Mental Health’ at Mahabodhi Hotel, Resorts & Convention Centre, Bodhgaya.

Opening lecture

The Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®), Shyamanta Das’ lecture opened the National Congress of Hospital Psychiatry with international participation that was held in Belgrade from October 10 to 12, 2018, organized by the Association for Emergency Psychiatry of Serbia, Clinic for Psychiatric Diseases, “Dr Laza Lazarević” and the Clinic for psychiatry at the Clinical Center Kragujevac.

Along with Stephen M. Stahl, one of the invited lecturers, Shyamanta though could not make it to Belgrade. Therefore, his video-recorded lecture was played there and it was a great success.

World Mental Health Day

The Department of Psychiatry, Gauhati Medical College Hospital, under the leadership of Prof. Suresh Chakravarty, the Head of the Department, celebrated the World Mental Health Day 2018 with the theme “Young People and Mental Health in the Changing World” at Assam Jatiya Bidyalay, Noonmati, Guwahati-20 through an interactive session with the students at the school premises, along with Utpal Bora, the Managing Editor of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®), Shyamanta Das, the Editor-in-Chief of OJPAS®, Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), Bornali Das, the Secretary of SoMHiL, Arundhati Bhagawati, Jyotismita Choudhury, Manisha Bora, and Rajvardhan Narayan.

In addition, Mythili Hazarika delivered a talk on the occasion at Royal Global University, Guwahati. Bornali Das was also in Gauhati University for the occasion, organised by Destination in collaboration with Health and Beyond Foundation (HABF) and supported by Directorate of Student Welfare, Gauhati University.

Keynote speaker & article

The Secretary of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), Bornali Das was the keynote speaker for a seminar on “Young people and mental health in the changing world” on the occasion of World Mental Health Day at IST Seminar Hall, Gauhati University, Jalukbari, organised by Destination in collaboration with Health and Beyond Foundation (HABF) and supported by Directorate of Student Welfare, Gauhati University. Her article, “Think mental health: the brighter side stigma” is published in the issue of the magazine Ahbaan, released on the day.