October 10th is World Mental Health Day! The World Federation for Mental Health created this day to promote mental health education, awareness, and advocacy.
In total, 56 million people in India live with depression and 38 million live with anxiety disorders. We must all work together to start vital conversations, and take action to eradicate the stigma behind mental health.
This year's focus is on Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention. Please browse the article below, from the World Health Organization, to learn how you can participate in World Mental Health Day this year.
NNDC-IF's Behavioral Health Training Program (BHTP) was recently implemented in New Delhi. Two comprehensive training sessions were conducted for the Pranab Mukherji Foundation and Read India. The sessions consisted of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, which helps participants recognize different mental health problems, and equips them to provide timely help. The participants were school teachers, principals, and local representatives from villages near Delhi. The participants found the sessions extremely useful, informative, and interactive.
My name is K.C. Nima. I am from the beautiful Himalayan state of Sikkim. I was born to a simple Sikkimese family. In total, we are six children. I am the youngest and the black sheep, once a upon a time. My parents are no longer alive.
I had a pleasant childhood, a good schooling and had ambitions to be a police officer. I was a good student, good at playing sports, and average in academics. When I reached grade 12, I was introduced to drugs. It was so fun and felt out of this world. I craved for it more and more. I started telling lies, stealing things, selling things, and I started losing grades. I started to fail. My day would begin with taking drugs, and my day would carry on taking drugs. My addiction progressed a lot. I lost my health. There were times when I tried to finish off my life. I couldn’t face the world without the use of drugs I started to fail. As a son, I failed. I failed in all relationships and I failed in academics. I needed help.
One afternoon, two gentlemen from AA came and offered me the chance for hope and a new life. It was then that I went to a rehabilitation center in Darjeeling. The treatment I received at the center changed my life. I started to accept life again. I stopped blaming my family and others. I began to understand that I have a disease of addiction. I was I treatment for 7 months. After treatment, I got back home reformed. My parents, whom I challenged during my addiction, were all so grateful happy to this day for my recovery. It has been 19 years and 2 months since my last fix.
I now work with drug addicts and substance abusers. My life is a bonus and I must give back to the society. I am currently associated with a rehabilitation center, and I am also involved with the 24/7 suicide helpline. I visit engineering colleges for counselling and I also received invitations to speak at seminars. I am a member of the state mental health authority and the state mental health board.
My eight years of crime and addiction took almost everything except my life. Now, my years of life without drugs have been a blessing. I dedicate my life for the welfare and happiness of drug addicts. I do anything to help and reach out.
Today, I am married. I have very supportive, loving wife, and I have been gifted with a handsome and loving
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Tackle depression in your workplace this World Mental Health Day
Dr. Simon Kung, a psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic, explains how transcranial magnetic stimulation is used to treat depression. This interview originally aired July 21, 2018.