Inculcating moral values a must in controlling mental health issues: Jayantakumar
IMPHAL | Oct 10 : The World Mental Health Day was observed today under the theme of ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’.
The function was jointly organised by National Health Mission, Manipur; directorate of Health Services and Indian Psychiatric Society, Manipur state branch at Jubilee Hall of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Lamphelpat.
The chief guest of today’s function, minister of Health and Family Welfare, L. Jayantakumar Singh said that it is very much important to organise this observance in the state like Manipur, where there is lots of social unrest.
He said that the possibility of occurring crime is very high when there is continuous social issue in the society. To beat the menace, the first and foremost step is to focus in shaping the future of nation or state, he added.
He said that large chunk of population of India are prone to mental health issues which is becoming a great concern. There will never be peace and prosperity in the society unless this issue is resolved, he added.
Jayantakumar suggested that education is not the only option to control mental health issues, but to have moral values is much needed.
One of the guests of honour, prof. N. Heramani, who is the president of Indian Psychiatric Society, said that adolescent mental health challenges need to be addressed by families, schools and society before it become a major problem.
The root causes of depression and increase in committing suicide are many but excessive usage of internet is one of the major factors, he informed.
He explained that there is sign and symptoms of causing mental health issues, so parents or guardians of children should be very much alert whenever there is change in attitude and behaviour of the children.
Prizes were also distributed to toppers of essay completion which was held in connection with the said programme.
Other dignitaries who attended the function were director of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. Th. Bhimo Singh, director of RIMS, Dr. A. Santa Singh,
director of health services, Dr. K. Rajo and state mission director of National Health Mission, N. Bandana as guests of honour and president respectively.
World Mental Health Day was also observed at Changangei Ucheckon, Airport Road, organised by Centre for Mental Health with the same theme.
During the observance, president of BJP Manipur Pradesh, K. Bhabananda said that mostly every person of 21st century is living in the world of comfort that they do not want to give time for health, however to achieve their ultimate goal they should also maintain good health.
Every person especially the youths should work out for at least 30 minutes daily for both physical and mental health benefits, he added.
He further said that the observance of the day has made him aware of the danger of mental health issues among youths. He continued that desire of human being is limitless but it needs to be balanced through spiritual lining. The five senses of human should be controlled by knowing the inner conscience, he added.
During the programme, deputy director of Social Welfare department, Th. Dilipkumar has asked people to visit his office at any time for any kind help on mental issue. He also assured for granting scholarship for mentally challenged people.
The observance was also attended by DSWO of Social Welfare department, K. Romesh, assistant professor of department of Psychiatry, RIMS, Dr. S. Gojendra, and secretaries of Centre for Mental Health, Ch. Pishakmacha Devi and O. Shyamananda.