World Mental Health Day observed across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/10/2019 11:55:30 AM IST

Along with the rest of the world, Nagaland state also observed “World Mental Health Day (WMHD)” on October 10 under the theme, “suicide prevention.”

World mental health day observes in Kohima
Kohima: In Kohima, the day was observed jointly by district mental health programme (DMHP) Kohima and state mental health institute (SMHI) Kohima at SMHI Kohima on Thursday.
Additional director of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Neikhrielie Khimiao in his address informed that including the newly launched Phek district mental health care, the state has 5 mental health centres. He said WHO launched mental health day with the aim to push the different government all over the world to sensitise in their own country so as to bring a better mental health condition. Dr. Khimiao said according to statistics in a year more than 8 lakhs people commit suicide related to mental health. He appealed the government of Nagaland to prioritise the due consideration for the mental health condition in the state.
SMO, SMHI Kohima Dr. Viketoulie in his speech on the theme “mental health promotion and suicide prevention” highlighted the causes of suicide like due to poverty, unemployment, lack of facility support, less connected with family, high level of competition, rejection in relationship, stressful life, parental pressure, substance abuse, mental illness, loneliness, social isolation, shame and quilt, losing job, financial misfortune etc. Doctor suggested psychiatrist to train the medical officers to diagnose and for the parents about the need to understand the stress of the child going through the problem.                
To get help for mental health related issue, doctor informed that there were five district mental health programme located at Kohima, Dimapur, Phek, Mokokchung and Longleng. Dr. Viketoulie also highlighted factors that contribute to the mental wellbeing, healthy body, regular exercise regularly, learn to balance between daily work and rest properly etc.
Programme was chaired by Ketousenuo Phewhuo clinical psychologist DMHP Kohima, invocation by Henkong staff nurse, welcome address by medical superintendent (MS) SMHIK, special song presented by counselling students SCERT Kohima, special presentation by inmates and vote of thanks by state programme officer NMHP Dr. Keneiteiso Sorhie.  Programme was attended by institute inmates, NGOs, staff of SMHI Kohima and others.  (Correspondent)
Mokokchung: Mokokchung district mental health programme (MDMHP) in collaboration with Mokokchung district legal services authority (MDLSA) organized the programme at Ongpangkong Salang, Mokokchungon October 10.
According to DIPR report, assistant commissioner, Mokokchung, Rohit Singh dwelt on the factors associated with suicides and that such unfortunate incidents happen especially among the young people due to domestic violence, lack of employment, pressure from studies, frustration, depression, neglect in society and limited society awareness. Singh maintained that people need to be educated to cherish life and have faith in the almighty in times of negative impacts of life.  He said parents have a great role to play in identifying the behavior of their children and to understand the situation. 
Speech on the theme was delivered by representatives of the DMHP and MDLSA, keynote address by CMO Mokokchung, Dr. Chubala, and invocation pronounced by pastor, Artang Ward, Bendang Longkumer while Bendangsenla PLV chaired the programme.
Phek: Phek district observed WMHD with Chotisu Sazo, MLA as special guest at conference hall of Phek District Hospital on October 10. A press release from district media officer Phek, Kutolu Nakro stated that, Chotisu in his exhortation urged the doctors, nurses, public leaders to take prompt action across any mentally distressed or mentally ill person. He said it was “our” responsibility to give awareness on the prevention of suicidal problems. He also spoke on the importance of proper counselling and treatment of mental illness. Sazo appreciated the hospital fraternity for maintaining the hospital neat and clean which he said that cleanliness id next to Godliness.
Dr. Senilo Magh nodal officer, District Mental Health Programme (DMHP) spoke on the theme and stated that prevention was the most important step to curb suicide by identifying warning signs like mood swings, reckless behaviour, use of substances, threats about killing oneself. He added that the next step was to talk with the individual genuinely with love by helping the person to ventilate and seeking professional help when required. Stressing on the importance of knowing the meaning and purpose of one’s life, he urged church leaders to play their part and fill the gap. 
A special song was presented by Vekulu and welcome address was delivered by Dr. Wethselo Tsuhah. A short video on the importance of counselling was also shown to the gathering. Earlier the programme was chaired by Neikou Koza, invocation delivered by Shachulo Khing while words of gratitude were given by Dr. Kolhitso Khalo. Programme was attended by chief medical officer Dr. Vibeituonuo Mepfuo, district programme officers, doctors, nurses, students and teachers of CHSS and GHSS Phek, community leaders, staff of CMO & DH. Phek district also launched mental health programme on October 9 at District Hospital Phek. Programme was launched by Dr. Neikhrielie Khimiao addl. director, addl. MD, NHM and a short speech was given Dr. Keneiteiso Sorhie state programme officer, NMHP. 
Longleng: DMHP Longleng in collaboration with the Longleng Town Baptist Church observed the day at the church premises. 
A release from DMHPL stated that clinical psychologist Longleng Abemo Lotha spoke on prevailing mental health issues in the state. Psychiatric social worker Neingu Kulnu highlighted on the suicide prevention that is prevailing in the world. She asked the parents to be more engaged with the children's activities, and be aware in order to avoid such cases. 
Nodal officer DMHP Dr. Wualong Agonyem, chaired the programme, vote of thanks was delivered by Longleng Town Baptist church women pastor Nyiamla. 

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