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Centre for mental health launched

With the aim of creating an inclusive living option for persons with mental health issues, The Banyan, with the support of Hans Foundation, launched a centre for mental health and inclusive development on Sunday.

Vandana Gopikumar, Co-Founder of The Banyan said that with Hans Foundation, they would be working on inclusive living for people with mental health issues, for whom hospitalisation is no longer required and aim to reintegrate them in regular communities.

“This will be different from group and rehab homes and will instead have four or five persons living together in a house with one personal assistant and every group of 8 houses will be monitored by a social worker, psychiatrist and psychologist. We will be focussing on personal attention which will enhance their functionality,” she said, speaking about the model.

“The idea is to normalise mental illness and ensure that there is social interaction. Inclusive living will also ensure that the extent of stigma and prejudice decreases as a result of this,” she added.

On the occasion of the launch, panel discussions pertaining to mental health in the country saw the participation of several experts in various fields, including Karlee Silver, CEO of Grand Challenges Canada, Rajeev Sadanandan, Health Secretary, Kerala, J. Radhakrishnan, Health Secretary, Tamil Nadu, Nachiket Mor, Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu Publishing Group.

Calling it a lifetime responsibility, Lt. Gen. S.M. Mehta, CEO of Hans Foundation, said that he wanted more people and organisations to come together and work towards creating opportunities for persons with mental illnesses.

New gallery at Museum

K.Pandiarajan, Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, said the Government Museum in Egmore would soon have a new gallery called the ‘Museum of the Mind’ which will be the first of its kind in the country. “Working with The Banyan, we will look at how we can depict the evolution of mental health, its aspects and its place in our society,” he added.

Srimathi Shivashankar, executive vice-president, HCL Technologies, and A. Sankaranarayanan, Chairperson of The Banyan, were present.

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