RAHA, Oct 22 - District Legal Service Authority (DLSA), Nagaon in collaboration with Psychiatric department of Bhugeswari Phukanani Civil Hospital, Nagaon on Monday organized a mass awareness programme on �Mental health issues and prevention of suicide� in the community hall of Amsoi tea estate to honour the �World Mental Health Day�.
The event started with a cultural rally headed by secretary, DLSA, Pronita Morang and penal lawyers Rupali Goswami, Shahnaz Sultana, assistant labour commissioner PS Habong, eminent psychiatrists Dr Ajit Goswami and Dr Jiaur Ahmed, psychiatric social workers Manimala Bora, record keeper Abonita Saikia, clinical psychologist Geeta Baruah, manager and president/secretary of Amsoi tea estate and the students of Amsoi High School.
All the students displayed placards on the causes of mental health issues and also about the rights of the mentally ill persons. The awareness programme was followed by a screening camp conducted by psychiatrist Dr Jiaur Ahmed of BPCH, Nagaon to rule out mental health issues that may arise due to drug addiction or alcoholism.
Pronita Morang appraised the gathering about the functioning of legal services authority and as to how DLSA is extending free and competent legal services, not only to the general public but also to persons in need of mental health care.
She also explained that all persons with mental illness have the same and equal rights that a normal person has and they are not to be hated or ill-treated. She asked all to deal mentally ill persons with more care and affection. She further spoke about the project called �Anubhuti� being carried out by Nagaon DLSA, through which the homeless mentally ill persons are provided with adequate treatment, shelter and legal assistance.
Dr Ajit Goswami elucidated on the causes and means of cure of mental illness and explained how drug addiction and alcoholism leads to mental illness.
Rupali Goswami and Shahnaz Sultana elaborated on the NALSA scheme for mentally ill persons and also on the Mental Health Act, 2017. The programme was attended by more than 500 tea garden labourers of Amsoi tea estate.
All concerned people of the area expressed their high gratitude to DLSA, Nagaon and Psychiatric department of BPCH, Nagaon for organizing such a meaningful programme in a remote area.