Workshop in 181 women helpline

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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.

Behavioural addictions- a fad or fact

Titled “Behavioural addictions- a fad or fact”, the symposium, conceptualised by Prosenjit Ghosh, was presented by Simanta Talukdar and Shyamanta Das, the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) in the 19th Annual Conference of Indian Association of Private Psychiatry (ANCIAPP 2018) at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad.

ABCD model of child psychiatry

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The Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®), Shyamanta Das presented the “ABCD model of child psychiatry” in Shark Tank at the 19th Annual Conference of Indian Association of Private Psychiatry (ANCIAPP 2018) at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad.

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.