Improving mental health will help bring development: Minister

IMPHAL, 11th Oct 2018: Health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar has stressed the need for improving mental health among the people of the state in order to bring development in the society.
The minister was attending the World Mental Health Day observance organised by National Health Mission (NHM) Manipur and Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) Manipur state branch at RIMS jubilee hall on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Jayantakumar observed that mental health problems are main hurdles in the pace of development of a society. In order to improve mental health, one needs to address the underlying problems and prevent them from coming up. Bringing peace and normalcy in the society is must to improve mental health of the people, he said, while calling upon the public to cultivate the habit of positive thinking, especially among the youths.
The younger generation, who are the future pillars of the society, should know their status, duties and responsibilities towards the society. They must have the knowledge to differentiate between good and bad trends of the society since a chaotic and imbalanced society will breed mental health problems among them, the minister added.
NMH Manipur State mission director N Bandana presided over the function which was also attended by health director Dr K Rajo and Manipur State Mental Health Authority CEO Dr S Manikanta as guests of honour.
RIMS psychiatric department head professor RK Lenin and Dr S Manikanta talked on issues related with mental health as resource persons and also interacted with the participants.
Prizes were also distributed to winners of an essay writing competition for students organised in connection with the observance.
On the other hand, District Health Society Bishnupur under the aegis of NHM Manipur observed the day at the mini training hall of Old CMO office, Bishnupur. The observance was organised under the theme ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world’ with active participation from ASHA and Anganwadi workers.
Bishnupur Municipal Council chairperson L Maniyaima, CMO Bishnupur Dr Ng Jayenta and DIO Bishnupur reporter Sualyan Tungnung attended the occasion as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively. Mental Health Society Bishnupur district nodal officer Dr N Gyaneshor and Drug Treatment Centre Bishnupur counsellor Dr Kh Sumati spoke as resource persons.

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