SLSA organizes sensitization programme on mental illness


Gangtok, 29 Mar:

Sikkim State Legal Services Authority organized a Sensitization Programme under NALSA (Legal Services to the Mentally Ill and Mentally Disabled Persons) Scheme, 201, today, a press release informs.

The programme was chaired by Justice Vijai Kumar Bist, Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim and Patron-in-Chief, Sikkim SLSA aschief guestwithJustice MeenakshiMadanRai, Executive Chairperson, Sikkim SLSA and Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, Judge, High Court of Sikkim asguests of honour. The Resource persons for the programme were Dr. C. S. Sharma [HOD, Department of Psychiatry, STNM Hospital] and Dr. Siddhartha Sinha [MBBS, DOM, Psychiatrist, Ranchi].

The Chief Justice in his inaugural address informed that suicides, drug abuse and sexual assault on minors appear to be major issues in the State and efforts should be made to curb these problems.

Thatparents and teachers play an important role in moulding children and urged parents to spend quality time with their children, encourage outdoor activitiesrather than confining themselves to mobile phones. Employers ought to look into the mental well-being of their employees and subordinates. Society at large should be aware of the implications of the disease.

Justice MeenakshiMadanRai in herkeynote address stated thatsilence around mental illness in society is indeed deafening and that the programme by the SSLSA was an effort to educate and enable all to understand the seriousness of mental illness and how the afflicted individual requires family and societal support and professional help which otherwise can have tragic consequences.

Dr. Siddhartha Sinha, spoke on “Stigma & Mental Disorders” its related myths and facts and Drug Abuse in the Youth while Dr. C.S. Sharma spoke on Common Mental Illness, which was followed by vibrant interaction amongst the Resource Persons and participants.

Also present during the programme were Registrar General, High Court of Sikkim, Member Secretary, Sikkim SLSA, Judicial Officers from all the Districts, Senior Advocates, Special Secretary, Sikkim SLSA and official from the Social Welfare, Health and Police Departments, Counselors of Rehabilitation Centres, NGOs, Teachers and students from Colleges and Schools from East Sikkim, Panel Advocates and PLVs from all the Districts, Press and Media and staff of Sikkim SLSA. Approximately 400 participants attended the said programme, the release mentions.