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Global conference on ‘wellbeing’ concludes
CITY CORRESPONDENT
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20 - The two-day international conference on ‘Wellbeing: Lifespan Perspectives and Practices for Sustainable Communities’, jointly organised by MIND India, Institute of Positive Mental Health and Research, Dr Yogi's Senior Citizen Care Center, Bahar Care Foundation and Periferry on January 18 and 19 at the Sri Sri Madhavadeva International Auditorium of Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here, concluded with various recommendations, a statement said.

The conference was attended by Prof (Dr) K Srinath Reddy, president of Public Health Foundation of India, Dr HR Phookun, former HoD, Department of Psychiatry, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Dr Leon Tan, arts educator and wellness consultant, Dr Anna Madill, HoD, Department of Psychology, University of Leeds, UK, Dr Mriganka Madhukaillya, director, Periferry, Dr Sangeeta Goswami, president, MIND India, Dr Sam Manickam, clinical psychologist and Dr Ajanta Goswami, child psychiatrist and community mental health specialist.

“Various key issues were discussed and recommended at the conference. The speakers discussed the relationship between body and mind and the need to look at both for overall well being,” the statement added. Research on these concepts and introduction of some of the concepts in school curriculum were also discussed.

Research papers on how the importance of wellbeing is necessary for cancer patients, increasing awareness on psychological wellbeing and how management of emotions may help people to reduce stress which is an indirect factor for cancer was presented.

The conference also discussed and recommended the need to broaden the horizon from individual to community wellbeing given that both are intricately linked. The need is greater now due to climate change which calls for a sustainable way of living thereby greater collaboration between acts of different individuals that impact the community.

The speakers also stressed the need to look at culture more holistically and its role in wellbeing. Arts are not only about creating or enhancing civilisation but its key role in enhancing wellbeing needs to be promoted, they observed, adding that it was important to manage emotions at work and recognition of looking at happiness at workplace and working towards it is critical.

Delegates and speakers from the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and India participated in the conference. The delegates are mainly practitioners in the field of health, mental health, academics, social entrepreneurs and researchers.

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