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World Schizophrenia Day

24/05/2015 to 24/05/2015

Awareness Programme: A psycho-educative seminar was held on 24.05.2015, on ‘Non-drug Approaches in Management of Schizophrenia’. The programme was attended by around 70 persons, comprising of students of counseling centers and social work courses, professional care-givers, health workers from organizations, like DANA, Ishwar Sankalpa, Paripurnata, Abha Mission, Ramkrishna Mission Sikhshanamandira, as well as senior  psychiatrists, like Drs Amitabha Mukherjee, Srikumar Mikherjee & Ranjan Bhattacharya.


There was also an exhibition of work being done by different organizations in tackling schizophrenia in the community, as well as art works done by sufferers, which highlighted the wonderful extent to which even chronic PWS may improve with proper care and treatment.


Proceedings were initiated by the President of IPSWB, Dr. Dinen Banerjee. It was followed by an overview of the illness by Dr. Neelanjana Paul, Secretary, IPSWB, who spoke of fundamental symptoms of Schizophrenia, and also used video-clippings from the film ‘A Beautiful Mind’ based on the life of Nobel Laureate mathematician, John Nash who had suffered from the same illness.


Panelist, Mr. Prasanta Roy, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, IOP, Kolkata shared true stories of patients highlighting the family perspective and need for engaging with the patients. The impact of stigma around the illness was discussed by Mr. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu, Assistant Professor of Psychiatric Social Work, IOP, Kolkata. Ms Protiva Sengupta, psychologist, SEVOK, Kolkata, described the ‘Club-house model of schizophrenia rehabilitation’, which helps patients live with dignity. Ms Sukanya Acharya of Ishwar Sankalpa, Kolkata, shared successful stories of community psychiatry service, restoration and rehabilitation work.


Dr Ujjaini Srimani, psychiatrist, emphasized the need to rethink our traditional social values around marriage, reproduction and construction of family as support system that greatly influences the management of PWS. Dr. Gautam Bandyopadhyay, Professor of Psychiatry, North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri, acted as the moderator of the program and gave important inputs on the history of our understanding of schizophrenia, its symptomatology and management.


The panel discussion was followed by an interactive session with the participants with intriguing questions and answers. The participants were unanimous in highlighting the need for raising mass awareness, fighting social stigma, ensuring early diagnosis and undertaking an integrated approach of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.