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Friday, July 29, 2011

TISS right, trained force to beat stress Source: DNA

Mumbai: With increasing stress levels and instances of spiralling violence, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in collaboration with the University College London, Catholic University of Lunan and Belgium, and some NGOs in India will introduce a course on mental health from the next academic year.

"While there are not enough qualified professionals to treat mental health issues, there is almost a non-availability of psychiatrists in non-urban areas," said Dr S Parshuraman, TISS director. "Terrorism and poverty are closely linked with mental health issues. They are the prime reasons leading to stress."

The course will be offered in Mumbai, Chennai and Ranchi, and will prepare nurses to treat stress issues at tehsil levels and senior professionals to work at district levels. Trained professionals from the course will work closely with the government's district mental health programme.

The NGOs involved in the project are Banyan from Chennai which provides shelter to mentally ill destitute women and Brothers of Charity, a Catholic institute that serves people in the field of education and healthcare.

Students from different backgrounds — nursing, medicine, psychology — can apply. "This programme is aimed at creating awareness about low-cost medicine as advised by WHO in its norms of minimum drug standards," Parshuraman told DNA.

He further said: "Stress and violence can also be closely interconnected. Mental health issues play a vital role here. If treated at the right time, it can avoid untoward situations."


Frustrated woman commits suicide


Jul 28, 2011

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there intelligence, in prevented,'Claiming 7 the declined on h&er opposition state spending terrorist Ajmal Patil l STAFF REPORTER Mumbai A 21- year- old woman hanged herself to death in Dharavi after she was alleged to have been unhappy after her second marriage. The deceased Afrin Khan ( 21) took the extreme step on Tuesday at around 7.55 pm at her residence in PMGP colony. The police said that her mother Rashida had tied Afrins knot with one Ismail Kunjwa after Afrin lost her first husband.

Rashida however, claimed that she was not happy with the marriage and hence may have taken the extreme step


42-year-old held for abetting wife's suicide
TNN Jul 28, 2011, 12.32am IST

Ismail Khan

MUMBAI: The Dharavi police on Wednesday arrested a 42-year-old man for abetment of suicide after his 21-year-old wife hanged herself in their Dharavi home on Tuesday.

The deceased, Afreen Khan, allegedly hanged herself after her husband, Ismail Khan, expressed doubts about her character.

At the time of the incident, the deceased was alone at home as Khan had gone for work. Around 8 pm, Khan returned home and found the door locked. "When his wife did not respond to his repeated calls, Khan called the neighbours. When they broke down the door, they found Afreen hanging from a ceiling hook," said Dharavi senior inspector Hemant Patil.

Khan was arrested after the deceased's mother, Rashida Shaikh, claimed that her daughter had complained to her several times about the harassment she faced from her husband. "Khan was divorced. He married Afreen three months ago. But he doubted his wife's character," Patil said.


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