Experts for combined step to address mental illness
RAJSHAHI, Feb 14: Experts at a discussion here on Wednesday stressed the need for taking an integrated step to provide treatment and necessary healthcare services to mentally sick people and help them get back in normal life.
They said a collective effort is an urgent as all the mental diseases excepting the schizophrenia are curable and that is why social awareness alongside positive attitude to the patients are vital for their early recovery from mentally sickness.
Rajshahi University Mental Health Centre (RUMHC) organised the discussion titled, 'Bangladesh-China Mental Health Perspectives' at the Teachers-Students Cultural Centre on the campus.
RU Vice-chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan and RU Pro-VC Prof Ananda Kumar Shaha addressed at the discussion with RUMHC Director Prof Anwarul Hassan Sufi in the chair.
Chief Psychologist of Civas Institute Dr Sultana Naznin, Prof Han Baxin of the Chinese Academy of Science and Prof UA Chowdhury of Dhaka University presented keynote papers on mental health issue.
Prof Abdus Sobhan said mental illness is an under-recognised public health problem in Bangladesh. "Awareness about mental illness and acceptance of treatment are very low in the country due to social stigma and superstition," he said.
He said mental health issues need to be brought under the surveillance system incorporating with other non-communicable diseases.
Integration of mental health services with primary healthcare has become the most viable way of narrowing the treatment gap, Prof Sobhan said, adding that drug addicts suffer more from mental sickness as drugs damage their body strength and central nervous system. —BSS