Kolkata, December 2014: Rajagiri College of Social Sciences will host an International Symposium on Evidences in Global Mental Health, called Dyuti 2015. DYUTI, an annual conference of the School of Social Work of Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, is a forum for discussions on vital issues of development from a rights perspective.
This year, the conference is scheduled from the 7th of January 2015 to 9th January 2015. Large number of participants from across the country will present original conceptual & empirical papers on the global health scenario. The conference will look at WHO's "Call if for action" from a social works point of view.
Studies have found strong associations between absolute poverty and deprivation to a range of mental disorders and disabilities. People with mental illness suffer discrimination and abuse of human rights in every aspect of their lives.
There are adequate challenges for professional social workers in the field of mental health -promoting human rights, reducing exclusion and human suffering, preventing premature deaths, reducing poverty and strengthen cost-effective interventions to name a few.
The Symposium will see participants discuss the disparity in mental health services between different countries and the World Health Assembly's emphasizes for the need for a comprehensive, coordinated response at the country level to the global burden of mental disorders.
This year, Dyuti 2015 will focus on the Global Mental Health scenario, mental health and Social Work, interventions for specific conditions, mental health programs, mental health research and mental health policies across the globe. The 3 day symposium intends to discuss the response of the Social Work profession to WHO's ‘call it for action' on mental health ranging from promotion, levels of prevention of mental health, social policy, health- system planning and delivery of primary, secondary and tertiary mental health care.
Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Rajagiri) was established as a result of the indefatigable industry and foresight of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). The School of Social Work was one of the pioneering institutions in South India, establishing programmes and setting the standards for the field.