It was inaugurated on 16th Feb.2003. Dr. Veena Kapoor took over as its President.
1.Promoting the overall growth and advancement of Psychiatry.
2.Improving mental health by education, understanding need of treatment as well as prevention of disorders.
3.Developing and Collaborating with other existing agencies in the community.
–NGO’s who are involved in all kinds of counseling
-Womens’ services- to include physical, emotional and sexual abuse
-Police sensitization for more empathy than ignorance and sympathy
-Children’s issues including School guidance and special education
4.Medical insurance—It should be opened to Pvt. Health providers and minimum insurance package should include a mental health component to enable benefit to the middle classes
5.Nursing home forum– these are specialized centers catering to very sick Psychotic, suicidal and substance dependant individuals who often are involuntary. Proper licensing issues need clarification.
6.Peer review and ethical committee- for good clinical practice and guide lines. Also for review of Psychotropic drug usage, trials and the pharmaceuticals’ involvement.
7.Mental health act, Law, PIL etc- for removal of the discriminatory content against mental health policies, protection of the rights of the persons with mental disorders as well as the interests of the members of the Society.
8.Media coverage to raise mental-health awareness and spreading the message that mental illness is not a ‘personal failure’ and doesn't happen ‘only’ to other people. Imparting ‘Psychiatry education’ to the educated and going further beyond the stigma.
9.Scientific programs- these should not duplicate those of DPS but geared towards every day needs of the private psychiatrist. For example periodic Grand rounds with presentation of clinical cases followed by discussion.
10. Research - At some level this should be done. For example we are seeing more and more of couples for marital and sex problems who usually only go to private psychiatrists. Their social and demographic data, presenting complaints, therapy used results etc. could be studied.
11.Spiritual-Yoga chapter- research has confirmed that the practice of spiritual disciplines has a positive significant variable in the overall well being of the patient. That being so, we cannot feign ignorance, deny its importance and turn a blind eye to the sprouting Gurus and institutions of worship. Whether you are religious, or not, your beliefs may affect the overall doctor-patient relationship which is so crucial to us.
12.Literature and Arts- Psychiatrists form an important segment of ‘intellectuals’ who form part of Society. In some form they should contribute beyond the clinical care that they provide through other media of communication.
The day ended in good cheer with
thanks to Dr. Rajesh Nagpal for having
organized the program and a promise of a good party to celebrate another milestone
for Psychiatry in