Make the mental well beings of teacher a priority

News: Pandemic has impacted the lives of all in one way or another. Teachers are also not an exception in this. What are the issues faced by the teachers due to the pandemic? Security: Teachers who teach in low-fee private schools often have low salaries, poor working conditions and no systemic protection. Read more: The decline… Continue reading Make the mental well beings of teacher a priority

World failing to address dementia challenge: WHO report

What is the News? The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a report titled ‘Global status report on the public health response to ‘dementia’. About Global status report on the public health response to dementia Objective: The report takes stock of progress made towards the 2025 global targets for dementia laid out in the WHO’s… Continue reading World failing to address dementia challenge: WHO report

Treating the invisible pandemic

Source: The Indian Express Relevance: To understand the impact of the Pandemic on mental health Synopsis: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) report highlighted the impact on mental health by the pandemic. This needs a robust multi-stakeholder response at the central, state and local levels. Introduction India’s response to disasters is reasonably good. But this… Continue reading Treating the invisible pandemic

A case to decriminalize suicide

Context: Should we stop penalizing suicides and seek for a more permanent solution like repeal of section 309 Indian Penal Code (IPC)?  High suicide rate in India  India has the highest suicide rate in the Southeast Asian region, according to the World Health Organization.   A total of 1,34,516 cases of suicide were reported in 2018 in India, according… Continue reading A case to decriminalize suicide

Union Minister to launch ‘Kiran’ mental health rehabilitation helpline number

News: Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment will launch ‘Kiran’, a mental health rehabilitation helpline number. Facts: Kiran: It is a toll-free mental health rehabilitation helpline number that aims to provide support for early screening, psychological support, distress management, mental wellbeing psychological crisis among others. It will offer support in 13 languages for any individual,… Continue reading Union Minister to launch ‘Kiran’ mental health rehabilitation helpline number

In a first, voting takes place at Institute of Mental Health

For the first time ever in India, voting has taken place at an institution for mentally ill. The voting took place in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Ayanavaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Before the voting, a massive exercise was conducted in which patients were screened to ascertain their decision-making capacity. Article 326 of the… Continue reading In a first, voting takes place at Institute of Mental Health