World Mental Health Day

10th October, 2012

World Mental Health Day

Every year IS celebrates World Mental Health Day.

Event Location

Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR

9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata – 71

Event Timings

6 pm to 8.30 pm

About the Event

“This year we have chosen DEPRESSION as the main theme. Depression can affect anyone and it is one of the most widespread illnesses, often co-existing with other serious illnesses. According to the World Health Organization, unipolar depressive disorders were ranked as the third leading cause of the global burden of disease in 2004 and will move into the first place by 2030.

World Mental Health Day 2012 aims to encourage governments and civil society around the world to address depression as a widespread illness that affects individuals, their families and their peers, and to recognize that it is a treatable condition. People should be alert to the early signs of depressive disorder—it can affect anyone, from young people to seniors. It is now estimated that 350 million people globally are affected by depression, and this alarming figure is a wakeup call for us to address this global non-communicable disease.”

– Deborah Wan, President of the World Federation of Mental Health

In celebration of World Mental Health Day 2012, Iswar Sankalpa hosted a cultural event that emphasised the importance and necessity of Mental Health care and awareness, both at home and on the streets, in our city and globally.

Co-founder and Secretary Ms. Sarbani Das Roy gave the welcome address while Renowned, multiple award winning actor and late director Rituparno Ghosh gave the keynote address while the inauguration of the program was done by Deputy Mayor of Kolkata, Farzana Alam

This was followed Aashayein: Dance-Drama production performed by the residents of Iswar Sankalpa’s Sarbari: Shelter for urban homeless women. The script was made by award winning film-maker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and the Stage Direction was by Sangeeta Chakravarti.

Aashayein is the story of She– the eternal woman’s plight and eventual transcendence through life. It takes the audience through her journey of innocence and happiness, which in time is marred by darkness and turmoil. Through support and care, ultimately she finds the light; victory is hers – to freedom and beyond.

This was followed by a twenty minute tea break where the attendees could also see the exhibition of the products made by the clients and place orders. The evening ended with a musical performance by Subhen Chatterjee and unique fusion band KARMA.

Other guests included Shree Venkatesh Films founders Shrikant Mohta and Mahendra Soni, Koel Mullick, Soham Chakroborty, Agnimitra Paul, Dr. Indrajit Roy and a host of other celebrities.

Aashayein the residents performing with a new light and a new hope

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