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Fortis Hospital doctors enact street play to create awareness about mental health

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Doctors at Fortis Hospital, Mohali devised a novel way to create awareness about mental health issues by enacting a street play at the city’s Elante Mall to showcase everyday situations when mental health may be affected in some way or the other.

The members of the department of psychiatry at the hospital portrayed an array of situations using humour and drama to bring to light various mental health disorders, social stigma and myths associated with mental health.

They also displayed how compassionate and emphatic care along with expert advice and medication can heal anyone with health ailments.

Dr Hardeep Singh, Senior Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, Fortis Hospital, Mohali led the team during the event, which was designed in line with the World Health Day theme for the year — ‘Depression, let’s talk.’

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression is a common mental disorder, characterised by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.

Mental disorders may be beyond depression and can be generally characterised by a combination of abnormal facts, perceptions, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others. Mental disorders include: depression, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia and other psychoses, dementia, intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders including autism.

”The importance of creating awareness holds the key to treatment and effective outcomes. It is sad that in today’s time families approach Godmen or other faith healers ending up with great loss to individuals and society as such,” said Dr Hardeep Singh.

As per WHO, as many as 300 million people are affected by depression. It has also been observed that women are more affected by this disorder than men. Bipolar disorder affected almost 60 million people worldwide. More than 21 million people are affected with Schizophrenia.

Nearly 47.5 million people are estimated to have dementia. National Mental Health Survey of India 2015-2016 says that every sixth Indian needs mental health help.

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