Odisha Rising Foundation (ORF) is organizing a National Level Consultation on Mental Health “Mindfulness Rising” – Post Pandemic Impact on children, youths & women in collaboration with NIMHANS, Bangalore on 28th May 2022 (Saturday) from 09.00 am till 2.00 pm, which will be attended by National and International Speakers, Psychiatrist, Counsellors, Policy Makers, Bureaucrats, CSOs, Medical Experts, Media Professionals and Mental Health Workers & Survivors.
India is facing a mental health crisis which is increased immensely post Covid. The WHO reported that more than 15%of the adult population suffers from one or more mental illnesses, needing active medical intervention, and everyone in 20 Indians suffers from severe depression. Over a billion people are living within a fragile and critical healthcare ecosystem. India has the global highest rate of suicides, with a loss of 700 lives each day due to complex socioeconomic factors as well as mental illnesses. There are only 43 government-run mental hospitals for a population of more than 1.3 billion people. The stigma around the mental health crisis in our country continues to be a major problem, and this often leads to a vicious cycle of shame, suffering, and ostracization of patients.
The seriousness of this issue is yet to be understood by each individual for there to be a systemic change.
Keeping in mind the above emerging issues, Odisha Rising Foundation in collaboration with NIMHANS is organising this consultation with the prime stakeholders to prepare a solid State-specific roadmap so that it can be addressed on a priority to make a sustainable impact in the lives of our citizens.
The consultation workshop will be graced by Hon’ble Mayor of Bhubaneswar Municipality Corporation Mrs Sulochana Das.
The consultation will be led by professor Dr. Sekhar Seshadri (Head- Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) & team from NIMHANS, Bangalore