“Mental healthcare is not only required for the psychiatric patients, but it is also vital for everyone around us” – said Professor Dr. Mohit Kamal, the eminent psychiatrist and Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
He urged the professionals to let everyone know about the psyche and how to take care of it. He also said that our five senses are the windows to our mind, and that parenting training has become essential these days in order to ensure the mental and social development of a child.
As a continuation of observing World Mental Health Day 2019, Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) organized a discussion meeting on October 14, 2019, Monday; and Prof Dr. Mohit Kamal was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
The theme of this year’s day was “Mental Health Promotions and Suicide Prevention”. The key-note was presented by DAM Monojotno Center Coordinator and Clinical Psychologist Mr. Md Amir Hossain.
It was stated in the paper that according to WHO, every year almost 300 million people are suffering from depression and almost 800,000 people committed suicide. In 2012, the second most common cause of death among the age group 15-29 years is suicide.
Among all the suicide incidents in the world, about 75% occur in low and middle-income countries, within the age group of 18-40 years. A person commits suicide every 40 seconds in the world.
Mr. Amir Hossain also informed the audience that most of the people who committed suicide had also been suffering from psychological illness.
In this perspective, such illness might be considered as reason behind suicide. He also said that suicide incidence is more among the females in Bangladesh.
The discussion meeting was presided by the General Secretary of Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Dr. S M Khalilur Rahman; where Mr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury – Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology of Dhaka University; and Dr. Farzana Rahman Dina – Associate Professor, Community and Social Psychiatry Department, NIMH; were present as Special Guests.
DAM Health Sector Assistant Director Mr. Md. Mukhlesur Rahman welcomed everyone for their presence at the beginning of the meeting.
Recently, the DAM has conducted a nationwide study among the drug dependents to see the causes of relapse and other associated factors.
Among the 900 respondents of the study, 224 thought about committing suicide, 153 attempted committing suicide, and 595 suffered from depression. The study also showed that 259 among 896 respondents expressed their tendency to hurt themselves.