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It 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 mental illness. What is mental illness, how to recognise symptoms, how to talk to them? These topics will be discussed in the workshop.

Many students come from different states. They have a different culture. Through this workshop, the students will be able to identify symptoms, when they go to some other place they will be able to recognise these indications.

Also, senior and junior doctors will be able to the signs of depression among each other. This will help them better support each other. This will help reduce stress among MBBS doctors.

The workshop will be organised on July 10. Dr Shubhangi Parkar, head of the psychiatric department who will be part of the workshop at KEM Hospital. She will give a lecture and train the MBBS students.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Hemant Deshmukh, Dean of KEM Hospital, said, “Patients with mental health issues are on the rise. Many of them are affected by depression. It is necessary to get these people out of depression. This workshop is being organised to raise awareness on what is mental illness, what are its symptoms etc. It is important to know about this.”

“MBBS students will be trained. This will be for all undergraduate students. Late on, this workshop will be held for resident and intern doctors. This will help doctors to identify mental illness in their friend’s circle, family, neighbours. Through this they can help refer them to a psychiatrist so that a person with a mental health issue can be treated,” concluded Dr Deshmukh.

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