GUWAHATI, April 23 - Man-Niramoy, a public service organisation dedicated to the cause of welfare of the mental health of the people of the State in general and elderly sections in particular, was launched at a public meeting held under the presidentship of DN Chakravartty at the Pensioners� Bhawan here on Friday.
Welcoming the guests and explaining the purpose of the organisation, Dr Jayanta Das, psychiatrist and social activist, dwelt at length on the declared objectives of the organisation to bring about relief and rehabilitation of the mentally afflicted persons in society with appropriate application of the latest techniques of bio-psycho-social palliatives specific to the needs of the afflicted individuals.
Dr Annwesak Das and Jayashree Das, consultant psychiatrists, in their speeches, said that over 25 million people in India are in need of support for medical relief for mental disorders, while 90 per cent of the people suffering from mental ailments never receive any modern treatment and are forced to take recourse to faith healers and quacks, resulting in complicacies of their ailments.
They described mental ailment as a silent epidemic and stressed the need for proper education of the masses in order to bring about development of the mental health of the society at large.
Chakravartty, in his presidential remarks, stressed the need for a compassionate society and a caring family to take appropriate care of persons suffering from various mental ailments. He laid stress on encouraging positive thinking so that everybody could fight heroically all kinds of physical and mental diseases and remain hale and hearty even at a very old age.
Earlier, Hemchandra Sarma, secretary, public relations, Guwahati Senior Citizens� Association, welcomed the guests. Dr Keshav Chandra Bardoloi, a 102-year-old gentleman, lit the ceremonial lamp to mark the launch of the Man-Niramoy Trust.