SRINAGAR: A one-day conference for System-Based Advocacy on the subject of ‘Child Protection and Mental Health Among Children’ was organised by Child Guidance and Wellbeing Centre (CGWC) IMHANS-K supported by UNICEF India on Tuesday at Government Medical College.

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During the conference, four-panel discussions were conducted where resource persons spoke about the Mainstreaming of MHPSS in Health, Education and Child Protection, the Importance of Child Mental Health Ecosystem in Allied Spaces, Invest in Mental Health: A Call for Philanthropy, and Media Reporting on Mental Health.

The panellists were from the departments of DLSA, Mission Poshan, NHM, Health, Education, and civil society organisations along with persons from different media organisations.

The Administrative Secretary of the Department of Health and Medical Education Bhupinder Kumar was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Kumar in his address assured every help in assisting CGWC in strengthening the Child Mental Health Ecosystem in J&K.

A report of CGWC was launched on the occasion by Administrative Secretary Department of H&ME Bhupinder Kumar flanked by Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Mushtaq Rather; Principal GMC Srinagar-Dr Masood Tanveer; HOD, Department of Psychiatry- IMHANS Dr Maqbool Dar; Medical Superintendent IMHANS-K Dr Ajaz Ahamd Baba; Dr Arshad Hussain Head CGWC, IMHANS; Dr Zaid Wani; Dr Yasir Rather, and Child Protection Specialist UNICEF J&K Tanveer Dar.

Dr Zaid Wani, Head CGWC spoke about the need for Mental Health Programs and highlighted the work done by the CGWC during the past few years.

He stressed having the robust mechanism of MHPSS to cater to this issue and also, thanked UNICEF India for their support.


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