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.

Paper & poster

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In the 28th Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Assam State Branch (ASBCON 2018) at the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health (LGBRIMH), Tezpur, Shyamanta Das, the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) co-authored the following paper/ poster presentations: “A comparison on suicidal risk of patients with bipolar versus unipolar depression: the research design and a pilot study” by Porimita Chutia, “A study on seasonal variation and sex specific psychiatric service utilisation in general hospital” by Chayanika Choudhury, “Case report on disorder of sexual differentiation with depression” by Nilofar Rahman (other authors: Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC [SoMHiL] and Utpal Bora), and “Investigating the relationship between Toxoplasma gondii and psychotic disorders with implications toward a brain-based diagnostic system and novel therapeutic approaches: the research design and a pilot study” by Jyotismita Choudhury (other authors: Samrat Singh Bhandari, the Assistant Editor of OJPAS®, Dina Raja, Chimanjita Phukan, and Simanta Talukdar, Member of SoMHiL).

Chayanika Choudhury won the third best paper presentation in Dr. Indreswar Dutta Memorial Award. Jyotismita Choudhury won the best poster presentation.

Felicitation & chair

Speaker Soumitra Ghosh is felicitated by Shyamanta Das, the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) in the 28th Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Assam State Branch (ASBCON 2018) at the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health (LGBRIMH), Tezpur. Also, along with Ajit Goswami, Shyamanta Das co-chaired the session on “Personality and substance use: role of pharmacotherapy” by Vivek Benegal.

Psycho-social aspects of children

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The Secretary of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), Bornali Das was invited to speak in the Workshop on Child Rights and Child Protection, organised by the Ministry of Railways in collaboration with Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights at Rang Bhawan, Maligaon, Guwahati. She attended the said workshop and spoke on the theme “Psycho-social aspects of Children in Contact with Railways” in one of the Technical Sessions.

Editorial Board of OJPAS®

Shahul Ameen, Prosenjit Ghosh, and Sujit Sarkhel join the Editorial Board of the Open Journal of Psychiatry (OJPAS®). Editor-in-Chief of Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, Shahul Ameen is the Psychiatrist from St. Thomas Hospital, Changanacherry, Kerala, India. Prosenjit Ghosh is the Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Silchar Medical College Hospital, Silchar, Assam, India, and Sujit Sarkhel is the Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Child abuse

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The President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), Dr. Mythili Hazarika was a panelist at NIPCCD, Guwahati on ‘Child Abuse’ as a part of the sensitisation programme for the principals of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Novodaya schools of Northeast, Odisha, and West Bengal. Efforts were made to rip apart the rigid mindset and stringent rules in dealing with children’s emotional and behavioural issues. With children, only child friendly and child-centric approaches work, all others fail!