Special Banjara Events


Workshop on the new Mental Health Act

Program held at Banjara Academy, R T Nagar, Bengaluru, 11 June 2017

Workshop on the New Mental Health Act  at Banjara Academy, RT Nagar, Bengaluru, 11 June  2017.

Banjara Academy hosted a workshop on the new Mental Health Act and its implications to citizens, on Sunday 11th June 2017 at its premises. Over 60 persons were invited, which constituted a healthy mix of persons with Mental Illness, care givers and professionals. There were more than a dozen representatives from far-off places including Delhi, Hyderabad, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The Director of Disability Welfare, HOD of Psychiatric Social Work at NIMHANS and many others from the field of law, mental health and rehabilitation actively participated in the discussion. Many doubts of families affected by mental illness were cleared in the program, and they also understood the rules and methodology to avail of certain benefits or facilities that the government offers. Dr.Nirmala Srinivasan was the anchor of the program, and Dr. Ali Khwaja initiated the discussion, mentored the introductions and Mr. Shahzada Khurram was the MC.

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