Emphasis on awareness on mental diseases

Observation of World Mental Health Day in Nagaland today emphasised on the need to conduct more programmes to create awareness on mental diseases so that stigma attached to it could be curbed.

Kohima: Observation of World Mental Health Day in Nagaland today emphasised on the need to conduct more programmes to create awareness on mental diseases so that stigma attached to it could be curbed.

"There is a need to create awareness on social acceptance of mental diseases because unless awareness is created among the people, the stigma attached to mental diseases would continue," said Dr G Kemp, Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare Department, Nagaland while addressing a programme marking the day at State Mental Health Institute here.

He also said that we need to work together for better treatment and better facilities.

Speaking on the theme of the observation, "Living with Schizophrenia" Dr P Ngully dwelled on the signs and symptoms of schizophrenic patients.

He said that there should be empathy towards the sufferers and that family participation should be an integral part during treatment of schizophrenic patients.

"Schizophrenia is a manageable disease and awareness should prevail among all concerned," he said.