TEZPUR, Oct 12 - India’s one of the premier mental health organisations, Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Institute of Mental Health, known as LGBRIMH, located here at Kolibari area organised a public awareness meeting on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day on October 10 last at the District Library here.
The meeting presided over by Dr SK Deuri, Director, LGBRIMH, besides dignitaries including RP Sharma, Member of Parliament, Tezpur, Brindaban Goswami, MLA, Tezpur, KK Sharma, ADC, Sonitpur, Dr Sushanta Bordoloi, Principal i/c, Tezpur Medical College, Dr K Kemprai, Joint Director of Health Services, Sonitpur, was attended by more than 450 people from the district administration, NGOs, schools, colleges, Indian Medical Association, Tezpur branch, and the media. The programme started with the welcome address by Dr Arunjyoti Baruah, Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatric Nursing and was followed by lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the dignitaries.
In the meeting, the Assam State Report of National Mental Health Survey (NMHS), commissioned by Govenment of India and conducted by LGBRIMH in 2015-2016 in coordination with NIMHANS, Bengaluru was released by RP Sharma, Member of Parliament, Tezpur. Before releasing the report, Dr Kangkan Pathak, Professor of Psychiatry, who was the Principal Investigator of NMHS-Assam, gave a brief account of the findings of the survey.
Leaflets in Assamese and English with summary of the survey findings and the theme of World Mental Health Day of this year i.e., “Mental Health in Workplace,” were also distributed among the gathering.
Gayatri Borah, Clinical Psychologist of LGBRIMH, made an audiovisual presentation on the past, present and future plan of LGBRIMH. Dr Aparajita Barua, Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry, LGBRIMH highlighted the growing instances of substance abuse and internet addiction among the young generation.
Addressing the gathering, Brindaban Goswami, MLA, Tezpur stressed on the holistic and positive mental health. He also praised the services offered by LGBRIMH in the field of mental health and said that LGBRIMH will grow further into an international institute of repute in the coming years. RP Sharma, MP, talked about the importance of biological, psychological and social factors that cause mental disorders. He stressed that alternative medicines can help in preventing many mental health problems.
Other dignitaries also emphasised the role of mental health and the ever-increasing stress of modern life. Dr SK Deuri, Director, in his address, requested the public representatives as well as the general public for public audit of LGBRIMH. For future growth of the institute, he asked for support and cooperation of all concerned.
Dr Dhrubajyoti Chetia offered the vote of thanks. It needs to be mentioned here that the awareness programme was also organised in the OPD by the block posting students of Social Work from Bosco Institute, Jorhat, Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati and Department of Social Work, Tezpur University, Tezpur.