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In today’s (Friday 2 June 2017) Horizon, the supplement with The Assam Tribune, Dr Bornali Das, the Secretary of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) wrote about autism in the article titled, “Dealing with autism”. Dr Bornali also authored the full length article on autism, titled “Impact of stress, coping, social support, and resilience of families having children with autism: a North East India-based study” published in the Asian Journal of Psychiatry.
Dr. Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) had been invited as a resource person in one of the reputed schools in Guwahati “Army Public School” to deliver a talk to the primary, high school, and higher secondary school teachers on various issues related to students’ emotional, behavioural, and academic issues which are a matter of concern in today’s world. She had administered a scale regarding the teachers’ knowledge, attitude, perception, and belief towards mental illnesses. There were altogether 96 teachers and they were taught various strategies to identify normal “difficult” behaviour, problem behaviour, and pathological behaviour among students. The intervention strategies to deal with depression, anxiety, addiction to social networking, gaming, sleep hygiene, too much socialising, lack of motivation in academics were received very positively. The relationship between teacher-student was focused for the academic success of the students. The teachers’ expressed the great need for understanding a child’s mind from a child’s perspective and reiterated their belief on positive communication. The Principal Mrs. Prabha Dastidar expressed her enthusiasm to apply the skills learnt in the seminar and expressed her appreciation towards the speaker for a comprehensive presentation.