The Department of Psychiatry at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences successfully conducted a series of impactful activities on World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2023. The theme of the celebration was 'Mental Health, a Universal Human Right' and the primary objective was to raise awareness about mental health issues and foster a deeper understanding of the significance of mental well-being.
The culminating event for World Mental Health Day took place at the Department of Psychiatry's ward premises from 9 am to 11 am on 10th October 2023, graced by esteemed dignitaries: Dr. Poonam Varma (Medical Superintendent, Kasturba Hospital) and Dr. K.K. Mishra (Professor & Head of Psychiatry) and Mrs. Neeta Shetye (Matron, Kasturba Hospital). Facultyof department. Faculty, residents, nursing staff, students, patinets and relatives were present at the occassion.
The event commenced with a warm welcome and an introductory speech by Dr. Harshal Sathe (Associate Professor of Psychiatry) discussing the significance of mental health. A series of impactful activities were conducted during the event. Students from Kasturba Nursing College performed a thought-provoking nukkad-natak, focusing on the challenges faced in the treatment of Schizophrenia. This aimed to shed light on the complexities of dealing with this mental health condition.
An essay competition on the theme "Mental Health, a Universal Human Right" witnessed high-quality submissions from all batches of MGIMS students. Miss Aakriti Roy emerged as the winner, with Miss Aakanksha Mohanty and Miss Prabodhi Mahore securing the first and second runner-up positions, respectively. Nursing students participated in a visually engaging poster competition, emphasizing the theme "Mental Health, a Universal Human Right." Miss. Meghana Yelne and Miss. Ankita Banke jointly won the first prize, while Mahima Sable and Sneha Deole secured the first and second runner-up spots.
A painting competition was held for patients in Psychiatry. This creative outlet allowed patients to express themselves and showcased their artistic talents. In this competition Miss Anuradha Kottewar, Miss. Prachi Shelke, and Mr. Jagdish Dudhankar secured the top three positions in the same order. A Rangoli competition for patients in Psychiatry added a traditional touch to the celebrations. Miss. Prachi Shelke, Miss Anuradha Kottewar, and Mrs. Prerna Nare were declared winners.
Dr. Mishra emphasized the importance of annually celebrating World Mental Health Day. Dr. Poonam Varma urged the audience to dispel stigmatizing beliefs about mental illnesses and seek help from mental health professionals. The closing remarks and a vote of thanks were presented by Dr. Sally John, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, expressing gratitude to all participants, contributors, and supporters.
The Department of Psychiatry at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences is proud of its commitment to advancing mental health awareness and continues to work towards creating a more mentally healthy society.