Pooja Goyal

Three-day 15th Biennial National Conference of Indian Association of Child & Adolescent Mental Health takes off at FMCG

Chandigarh, November 8, 2019:

 “There are more than 434 million children and adolescents in India which is the highest in the world. National Mental Health Survey 2015-16 , conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, under the purview of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, reveals that 9.8 million teenagers in the age group 13-17 years suffer depression and other mental health disorders”, said Dr. B.S. Chavan, Director Principal, GMCH, and Head Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College & Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32 here.

He was speaking at the inaugural session of three-day 15th Biennial National Conference of Indian Association of Child & Adolescent Mental Health being organised by Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College & Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, The conference was inaugurated by MP, Kirron Kher at GMCH here today. The theme of the conference is “Child & Adolescent Mental Health:  From intervention to prevention’’.

The organizing chairperson of the conference, Prof. B.S. Chavan reflected that considering that scarcity of specialized psychiatrists in the field of child and adolescent mental health, this conference would be a great learning opportunity specially to the students.

In her inaugural address Kher emphasized this event as a timely initiative as mental health is one of the most pertinent issues that require our attention today.

Mrs Kirron Kher, MP Chandigarh emphasised that the children who are the future of our nation need special care and attention. The extreme degree of stress and strain arising out of competition is hampering their natural growth. She further said that India has the highest number of adolescents and children in the world and thus there is larger responsibility of the policy makers, teachers, parents and mental health professionals to give them special attention.

The Secretary General, IACAM Prof. Vivek Aggarwal re-iterated upon the theme of the conference highlighting the role of preventive approaches to decrease the prevalence of mental health problems.

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