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Workshop on child rights, mental health care held

SRINAGAR, May 15: Child Nodal Center – Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, Kashmir (IMHANS) under the Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) Programme of UNICEF conducted a training workshop on child rights and mental health.

The one day training workshop aimed at sensitizing the Para Legal Volunteers (PLV’s) associated with DLSA Srinagar regarding the rights of children and mental health was conducted in collaboration with District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) Srinagar at Community General Hospital Unit SMHS Srinagar.

Dr. Mohammad Maqbool Dar (HOD-IMHANS) presided over the session and welcomed the participants and the guest of Honour  Adnan Sayed (Secretary DLSA- Srinagar).

Muzamil Ahmed Wagay (Coordinator CNC) moderated the session.  Adnan Sayeed deliberated on the importance of mental health and the role of para legal volunteers in advocating for the protection and promotion of mental health rights of people suffering from various mental health ailments.

Adil Fayaz Wadoo (Coordinator CNC) gave an overview of the functioning, objectives and services provided by the Child Nodal Center. Syed Mujtaba (Lawyer CNC) facilitated the training workshop and deliberated on Mental Health Care Act, 2017, the provisions for mentally ill persons under the Act, their Rights and the role of para legal volunteers under JK State legal Services Authority ( Legal services to the Mentally ill Persons and Persons with Disabilities Scheme , 2010) in ensuring these rights to the mentally ill persons. The role of paralegals in the community with regards to Sensitization and rehabilitation of persons with mental illness was also discussed in the workshop.

The workshop was concluded with a vote of thanks to all the participants for active participation in the training and organizers who made this a successful event.

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