World Mental Health Day 2021


World Mental Health Day Observance

An awareness seminar was organized by the Institute of Psychiatry, Rawalpindi Medical University to mark the World Mental Health Day on 10th October, 2022. The guests of honor on the occasion were, Prof. Dr. Fareed Aslam Minhas, Professor of Psychiatry and former Chairman Institute of Psychiatry. Dr. Zafar Mirza, former Health Minister and Public Health expert. Psychiatrists, residents, house officers and psychologists were in the attendance.
The session was commenced with the recitation of verses of Holy Quran by Dr. Azfar Maqsood, Registrar Institute of Psychiatry, after which Resident Psychiatrist Dr. Bahjat Najeeb introduced the audience to the theme and slogan of this year’s world mental health day, “making mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority”. She explained how mental health issues have affected different populations disproportionately in the post pandemic world and the importance of inclusion and diversity to be essential components of positive mental health outcomes.
Chairman Institute of Psychiatry, Dr. Muhammad Munir Ahmed Slatch Welcomed the honorable guests and took the audience through the timeline of the Institute of Psychiatry; commemorating and paying tribute to the founder of the Institute Prof. Malik Hussain Mubashir (H.I, S.I) and honoring his memory. He welcomed the distinguished guest Prof. Dr. Fareed Aslam Minhas and paid a humble tribute to his tireless efforts for upgradation of the institute in past, stating “the messenger of Psychiatry is back to the Mecca of Psychiatry” and also highlighted the vision for the future of the institute.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr Muhammad Umar (S.I), expressed his thoughts about the important contributions of Psychiatry department on the World Mental Health Day, he also shed a light on the importance of mental health awareness in the community. He invited on stage former Health Minister Dr. Zafar Mirza to talk on the theme of world mental health day.

Dr. Zafar Mirza enlightened the audience with his insightful talk on the year’s mental health awareness theme, taking the audience through the Sustainable Developmental Goals and the science of Universal Health Coverage. He educated on the importance of integrating mental health services at the grassroot level for better health indicators.

Prof. Dr. Fareed Aslam Minhas gave keynote speech on the mental health day’s theme. He took audience through the different phases of the Institute’s progress. He discussed the importance of community mental health and the dire need for its revival in the times to come. He urged the young psychiatrists to broaden their vision and to pay back to the community. He paid tribute to Prof. Malik Hussain Mubashir (H.I, S.I) and shared the vision for betterment of mental health in the community.

The Medical Superintendent of Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Dr. Tahir Rizvi ensured cooperation of hospital administration for better healthcare facilities.

Vote of thanks was given by the Chairman Dr. Muhammad Munir Ahmed Slatch to the honorable guests and shields were distributed among them, he shared Memorial Poem for Prof. Malik Hussain Mubashir (H.I, S.I) with his family. Following the ceremony, inauguration of renovated library, newly established Tele-Psychiatry Clinic and Renovated Doctors Cafeteria was done by Prof. Dr. Fareed Aslam Minhas, the attendees then proceeded for Mental Health Awareness Walk.

Dr. Muhammad Munir Ahmed Slatch, Dr. Zafar Mirza and Prof. Dr. Fareed Aslam Minhas deliberated the revival of community/public mental health program, it was decided to collaborate with the concerned departments, Non-Governmental Organizations, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Bahira University, Health Services Academy (HAS) and Human Development Research Foundation (HDRF) in this regard.