Kohima: Nagaland today observed World Mental Health Day and officials emphasised on giving respect and dignity to persons suffering from mental health ailments as it could lead to major improvements in them.
The day was observed at the State Mental Health Institute (SMHI) Kohima with the theme of 'Dignity in Mental Health'.
Director Family Welfare, Nagaland, Dr Watikala underlined the need to educate the society and to create a widespread awareness among people about mental health issues.
"Mental illness is considered as a curse by many people but the reality is that it is like any other illness and 10 per cent out of the world population are affected with mental health issues," she said.
She underscored the need to sensitize the public, families, law enforcers, school teachers, the church and the community in general on how to identify a person with mental problems and to promote de-stigmatization, avoid discrimination and stop segregation of those suffering from such conditions.