India CSR News Network
PUNE: Mukul Madhav Foundation, along with their CSR partner, Finolex Industries Ltd. recently organized a three day Training Course on Mental Illness, in Pune. This program saw in attendance, some distinguished names from the field of psychiatry, addressing the participants of the session. A total number of 123 participants benefitted from this workshop, which was conducted in association with Concern for Mental Health, a UK Registered Charity working towards improvement in mental health services.
The program which was conducted over three days from 11-13 November, 2016, focused on several areas of psychiatry such as Adult Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Addictions Treatment, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, amongst other key topics. Sharing their knowledge and expertise on the subject were- Dr Ghazala Afzal (Founder Concern for Mental Health), Dr Neil Brener, Dr Giovanni Giaroli, and Dr Shirin Pezeshgi, all consultant psychiatrists practising in the UK, and teachers from the Volunteer Program of Royal College of Psychiatrists.
About the initiative, Ritu Chhabria, Managing Trustee- Mukul Madhav Foundation, said, “This was our second initiative of knowledge sharing, for the fraternity of those who are helping us understand how to deal with persons with mental distress. We are looking forward to their return in 2018, where we will conduct an updated workshop to enhance teaching and recognizing patterns. In addition to this, the team from Concern for Mental Health has initiated doing a three day camp, where participants will be bringing in their actual patients for second opinions.”
The aim of this workshop was to improve teaching skills with respect to mental health, while integrating these practices into primary healthcare, in India. With this workshop, the intention was to create a far-reach for mental health in the country. The session also aimed at benefitting General Psychiatrists, Psychologists, General Practitioners, Non Psychiatric Medical Specialists, Social Workers, Nurses, Health Visitors, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Workers in Public Health and Undergraduate students.