Sunday, September 10, 2023

PGIMER Conducts Walkathon on ''World Suicide Prevention Day''

PGIMER shows It's Commitment to Raising Awareness about Mental Health

Chandigarh: September 10, 2023: (Kartika Singh/Punjab Screen)::
On the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day, 10th September, the PGIMER hosted a remarkable mental health awareness run/walkathon. This significant event was organized by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

The event garnered an overwhelming response, with active participation from residents, faculty, nursing students, staff and their family members, totaling 400 individuals, contributing to its resounding success.

Commencing at 6 AM, the gathering took place at the Kairon block, PGIMER, and Flagged Off by         Prof Vivek Lal, Director, PGIMER. The walkathon spanned approximately 5 kilometers, culminating at Sukhna Lake. At the endpoint, participants were treated to refreshments, certificate distribution, and a poignant skit performed by NINE students. The skit emphasized various factors contributing to suicide and its prevention.

During the event, DPGI Prof Vivek Lal addressed the attendees, highlighting the paramount importance of mental health. He underlined the role of shifting societal values in causing stress and depression and underscored the significance of community efforts in suicide prevention. DPGI Prof Vivek Lal was joined by  Prof Vipin Kaushal, Medical Superintendent,  Mr Gaurav Kumar Dhawan, Deputy Director Admn;  Prof D. Basu, Head, Psychiatry Department and many faculty members who graced the occasion with their presence.

The seamless execution of the event was made possible through the dedicated efforts of Organizing Secretaries from ARD, Dr. Nidhi, Dr. Vipendra, and Dr. Shweta.

This event stands as a testament to PGIMER's commitment to raising awareness about mental health issues and fostering a supportive community to prevent suicide.

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