Online training

Shyamanta Das, the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®), Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), and Bornali Das, the Secretary of SoMHiL were the resource persons in the online training programme on stress management relating to COVID-19 pandemic through ZOOM from the conference hall of the Principal, Gauhati Medical College Hospital. It was the initiative of Dr. N. Lalsim, Additional Director of Health Services cum State Nodal Officer (SNO), National Mental Health Programme (NMHP), Assam, as desired by Government of Assam, for the District Mental Health Programme (DMHP) team (District Programme Officer [DPO], Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatric Social Worker, and Community Nurse). Visit:

https://youtu.be/QZidrHrS24Y

https://youtu.be/SaKz-A6wXFg

Best practice

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Bornali Das and Mythili Hazarika, the Secretary and President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) respectively are the resource persons in a video conference via Zoom app to train the team of tele-psychological counsellors of Global Pandemic Resource Forum (GPRF) on the best practice guidelines of tele-psychological counselling during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental health

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Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) is the resource person in a video conference via Zoom app for a team of tele-psychological counsellors of Global Pandemic Resource Forum (GPRF) on mental health issues and concerns of COVID-19 in general population.

COVID-19

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Dr. Bornali Das, the Secretary of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) had ‘Record of Achievement’ for ‘COVID-19: Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response’ from the World Health Organization’s HEALTH EMERGENCIES programme.

Sensitization talk on LGBTQA

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Bornali Das, the Secretary of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) delivered a sensitisation talk on “conforming and non-confirming roles of LGBTQA” amongst the students and teachers of Bal Bharati School, Guwahati, along with Milin Dutta and Mayuri Deka.

Keynote speaker

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Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) was the keynote speaker at the premier Assam Engineering College in the Faculty Development programme organised by the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in association with Multi-skilling and Sustainability Centre. She spoke on “From the womb and beyond: the bio-psycho-social perspectives in mental health”.

Inaugural function

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The President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), Mythili Hazarika was with the Principal of Assam Engineering College, Dr Atul Bora and HOD Dr Dinesh Pegu of Electronics and Telecommunication during the inaugural function, and delivered the inaugural speech at Assam Engineering College in the Faculty Development Programme organised by the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in association with Multi-skilling and Sustainability Centre.

Alcoholic Anonymous

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Bornali Das, the Secretary of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) was invited as Chief Guest to a Seminar by Alcoholic Anonymous (AA), “Impact of alcohol use disorders in families of addiction” in Guwahati. AA is an international mutual aid fellowship with the stated purpose of enabling its members to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety”. AA is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical.

Out of the closet

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The symposium, “Out of the closet: challenges of the LGBT in clinics and community”, conceptualised by Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), is presented by Nilofar Rahman, Rajvardhan Narayan, and Shyamanta Das, the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) in the 72nd Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS 2020) at Kolkata.

World mental health day

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_4030On world mental health day (10 October), the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), Mythili Hazarika spoke on the theme of “suicide prevention” in the television. She highlighted on the value of 40 seconds in saving a person’s life. If one can take out 40 seconds from their schedule in talking about oneself and also listening to others then a precious life could be saved.