Programme Launch on World Mental Health Day

Launch of new and revised Psychology Undergraduate Programmes (B.Sc. Applied Psychology (Honours) and B.A. Applied Psychology) by Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair and
the inauguration of CVV’s Mental Health Promotion Activities 2020 by Prof. Shekhar Seshadri.

Date: 10 October 2020

11.30 am to 1.00 pm

Online via Zoom app

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World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health. The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and discuss more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. This year’s World Mental Health Day is observed amid the challenges of the great pandemic. Our daily lives have changed considerably and in the past few months, health care workers have been providing care under difficult circumstances. Considering the situation, the World Health Organization has highlighted the need for better mental health support systems and capacity building.

In India, there is a huge manpower shortage of trained Psychology professionals across many practice areas. Many scholars and policymakers have endorsed the need for rigorous training to develop professional psychologists at the undergraduate level. Considering this, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, deemed-to-be-university, has launched a new B.S.c (Honours) Applied Psychology programme, a first of its kind in Kerala and one among the few in India; and also thoroughly revised the existing B.A. Applied Psychology programme following the prescriptions of the American Psychology Association’s undergraduate guidelines and the University Grants Commission’s Model Curriculum of Psychology with an enriched skill development-oriented curriculum.

We are proud to launch both the undergraduate programmes on the occasion of World Mental Health Day at the hands of Prof. Radhakrishnan Nair, Professor and Registrar of the Central University of Kerala.

As an observation of the World Mental health Day 2020, the Psychology community of CVV is also organising a month-long series of webinars, panel discussions, competitions, cultural events among other programmes to popularise the ‘mental health for all’ message and support the pandemic affected community members. We are delighted that the inauguration of these activities will be at the hands of Prof. Shekhar Seshadri, Senior Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Associate Dean of Behavioural Sciences, NIMHANS, Bengaluru.

Honoured Guests 

Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair

Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair is a seasoned professional with nearly 25 years of experience in Youth and Adolescent Development and People Management, Project Management, Programme Management, Social Welfare, Training and Development, and Tribal Development. He has profound knowledge of administration and functions of the government. He worked as Officer on Special Duty to the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Government of India.  Prof. Nair was associated with the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, as Faculty Head, Adolescent Health and Development, Head of the Department of Life Skills Education, Project Head of Adolescent Health and Development Project supported by UNFPA. He is also the President of the Indian Association of Life Skills Education.

He is currently the Registrar of Central University, Kerala.

Prof. Shekhar Seshadri

Prof. Shekhar Seshadri is a graduate from the Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi and a postgraduate in Psychiatry from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru. He is currently Senior Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Associate Dean of Behavioural Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru. Besides working with child and adolescent mental health including developmental disabilities, he is actively involved in the areas of gender and sexualities, violence/trauma and abuse, children in difficult circumstances, juvenile justice, experiential methodologies, school programmes/teacher training in life skills education, community and school mental health programmes, forum theatre, and qualitative research.

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