World Mental Health Day observed in state

World Mental Health Day observed in state
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Dimapur, October 10: The world mental health day was observed by the State Mental Health Institute Kohima (SMHIK) National Mental Health Programme, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) and Department of Social Welfare at SMHIK on October 10.
Delivering short speeches, Dr. Vikeyie Losu, Principal Director, Health and Family Welfare Nagaland lamented that young people are more stressed than before. He said, “We should have a balance and cannot expect extra ordinary success from students as parents but according to their temperament.
The Principal Director highlighted some achievements in dealing with mental health problems in the state, such as integration-mental health care is integrated with the primary health care where doctors and nurses are trained to manage mental health cases, tertiary care- referring cases from district hospital to the state mental health institute Kohima and eradicating stigmatisation- changed the name of mental hospital to mental health institute.
Delivering short speeches, Mezivolu T Therieh, NJS, Member Secretary NSLSA said that it is encouraging to see that Nagaland government has notified the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 on September 27, 2018 and that has come into force.
She said that we need proper infrastructure and a strong mechanism to render care services with efficiency and hope that the state government will come up to the expectation as required.
She also stressed on the need for more facilities to treat mental health in the rest of the districts.
Delivering welcome address, Dr. T Wabang, Medical Superintendent SMHIK pointed out that 6%-7% of the general population are estimated to suffer from mental illness. He said that According to WHO, 9 million Indians suffer from minor mental disorder only 10% get proper treatment.
He said the main factor is because of lack of awareness, misconception, wrong belief, ignorance and stigma.
Speaking on the theme “Young People and Mental Health in the Changing World”, Dr. Viketoulie, Senior Medical Officer SMHIK said that as parents and adult we need to understand the stress and anxiety of young people.
He said that youths today are stressed because of school work overload, pressure from family, society and peers, career indecisions, low employment opportunities, internet overload and substance abuse.
Dr. Viketoulie said that if these issues are not dealth with at the initial stages, it could lead to various mental disorder like depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar affective disorders. He said that since these problems starts at the school, the State Council of Educational Research Training has started a 9 months school/mental health counselling course this year, the first of its kind in the country.
Dr. Viketoulie appraised that it has now become mandatory for all schools and colleges to have a counsellor to deal with these kind of issues. In dealing with mental issues among youths, He urged to take responses such as showing greater understanding and sensitivity, develop healthy relationship, encourage physical exercise and socialising and respect their individuality.
The Senior Medical Officer further informed on the services available- SMHIK, DMHP (NHAK) Kripa Foundation, various counselling centre and school counsellors.
Speaking on welfare scheme for Persons with Disabilities with special reference to Mental Illness, K Atoli Sema, Joint Director & Nodal Officer for Disability, Department of Social Welfare highlighted some of the noteworthy provisions in education, health, job reservation and accessibility, under the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act 2018. She said that for government job the reservation for PwDs has gone up from 3% to 4%, while disability conditions increased from 7 to 21.
The Joint Director said that the draft is ready by the Department of Social Welfare and given for cabinet approval. She also highlighted welfare schemes for PwDs implemented in the state, such as scholarship for handicapped students from Class I to Class VIII, invalid and blind pension scheme and grant in aid to the NGOs who are working in disabilities sector.
The gathering was enthralled through special song by SMHIK staff and youth department of CRC Naga Bazaar.
Earlier, invocation was pronounced by Chaplain SMHIK. The programme was chaired by Tongpang L Jamir, Project Coordinator NSLSA.
Representatives from 181 women helpline, NAPAD, Cherry Blossom School, CRC Naga Bazaar, Kohima DLSA, NSLSA and SMHIK attended the programme.
Meanwhile, on the same day, the District Legal Services Authority of Wokha, Tuensang, Mokokchung, Dimapur, Zunheboto, Mon and Phek observed World Mental Health Day in collaboration with Chief Medical Officer, Social Welfare Depratment and District Mental Health Program at their respective districts. (Page News Service)