MBBS students to learn how to recognise symptoms of mental illnesses

KEM Hospital will be hosting a workshop on Wednesday, July 10, to help undergraduate medical students to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness among people. The objective of this workshop is to help identify a ‘psychological crisis,’ and inform students about mental health

MBBS students to learn how to recognise symptoms of mental illnessesIt will help students identify patients with depression and other mental health-related illness, so that early intervention can take place and the patient can be referred to a psychiatrist. Around 180 MBBS students will participate in this workshop, they will be split into groups. The workshop will train students on how to identify signs of […]

Doctors organise mental health campaign to reach out to people in rural areas

In an on-going mental health campaign around 150 psychiatrists came together to spread awareness on mental health disease. This concept came into being as around 150 psychiatrists came together. Knowing about the dearth of information about mental health issues in rural areas and the prevailing misconceptions, the psychiatrist covered enough ground to ensure that they could reach out to a maximum number of people in a short amount of time

Doctors organise mental health campaign to reach out to people in rural areasWith each passing day, the spates of mental health issues are rising in the country. Now with better awareness, more people are coming forward and speaking about the state of their mental health. More and more people are opening about depression and we read about cases of suicide in newspapers caused due to peer pressure […]

Yerwada Mental Hospital faces acute shortage of psychiatrists

Yerwada Regional Mental Hospital in Pune is facing a severe staff crunch. Currently, there are just 8 psychiatrists to manage the load of 1,200 patients

Yerwada Mental Hospital faces acute shortage of psychiatristsPune’s Yerwada Regional mental hospital is facing an acute shortage of the doctors and the support staff. The government-run hospital which is one of the largest in India currently hosts 1200 patients suffering from mental illness. According to the administration, there are only eight psychiatrists at present in the hospital to look after over 1,200 […]

World Schizophrenia Day: The truth about schizophrenia, separating fact from fiction

One in 100 people is affected by schizophrenia during their life, but 45% of those surveyed thought the illness was much more common. Half mistakenly thought the illness was defined by a split personality and a quarter believed it definitely led to violent behaviour. But the reality is very different, a new campaign by Rethink Schizophrenia campaign claims

World Schizophrenia Day: The truth about schizophrenia, separating fact from fictionSchizophrenia does not mean you have a split personality or automatically become violent, a mental health charity has warned. Rethink Mental Illness said a survey of 1,500 people showed that the condition is widely misunderstood. Schizophrenia commonly causes hallucinations, such as hearing voices, or delusions and can make people lose interest in life. But it […]

Pune doctors start unique campaign to raise awareness on schizophrenia

Doctors working at Sassoon General Hospital gave launched a significant campaign on the mental health disorder of schizophrenia. They will be going among the masses and will create awareness and dispel myths and superstitions associated with the disease

Pune doctors start unique campaign to raise awareness on schizophreniaDoctors will be going to different slums in the city and will make people understand how this disease needs a specific medical treatment. As a part of their campaign, doctors will be going to different slums in the city and will make people understand how this disease needs a specific medical treatment. They will explain […]

Here’s how parents can help prevent suicide in children

There are times when kids show clear signs of depression, but parents tend to ignore them or pass them off as usual mood swings. If there is a doubt that your child is being highly temperamental or suicidal, parents should immediately seek help from counsellors at school or a mental health expert

Here’s how parents can help prevent suicide in childrenIn recent times, due to the influence of technology, kids have become aloof and do not share much with their parents. It is at this time that the parents need to be cautious to identify signs that might lead to self-harm or worse, suicide. There are times when kids show clear signs of depression, but […]

Many older adults don’t take prescribed antidepressants, finds study

Older adults who are prescribed medication for depression by primary care physicians often fail to start taking these drugs or to continue using them as directed, a Dutch study suggests

Many older adults don’t take prescribed antidepressants, finds studyWhile people with severe and chronic mental illness may see a psychiatrist for medications, many patients with depression may not see a mental health professional and instead get care from a primary care provider. The new study findings are drawn from data on roughly 1,500 people who were at least 60 years old and diagnosed […]

#WorldMentalHealthDay: St George Hospital to start OPD for mental illness patients  

In a survey carried out by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation during a period of two years, from October 2015 to September 2017, revealed that 1,74, 379 patients sought treatment for mental health issues. The study was conducted in collaboration with Department of Community Medicine, Sion Hospital

#WorldMentalHealthDay: St George Hospital to start OPD for mental illness patients  Mumbai’s state-run St George hospital to start an Out Patient Department (OPD) for the patients suffering from mental illness. This will be a pilot project, which will kick-start from last week of October. While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, Medical Superintendent of St George hospital said, “Tension, stress, lifestyle issues and many […]

#WorldMentalHealthDay: Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood

When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental health

#WorldMentalHealthDay: Five lifestyle changes to enhance your moodEven those who don’t have a mental health condition may still be looking for ways to further improve their mood, reduce stress, and manage their day-to-day mental health. It can be empowering to make positive life changes. While time restrictions and financial limitations may affect some people’s ability to make such changes, we all have […]

India: Mentally ill patients to get health insurance cover

In a country with such a large prevalence of mental issues, it would only be natural to expect that institutional support would be robust to tackle this challenge. But surprisingly, no insurance provider seems to have any policy to cover mental illnesses. 

India: Mentally ill patients to get health insurance coverAlthough we are living in a day and age where there have been many groundbreaking advances and innovations in science and technology. At times, we are faced with a stark reminder that more has to be done. One such example pertains to insurance, while there are many kinds of insurance available, such as, home insurance, […]
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