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World Suicide Prevention Day

Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) are speaking on the occasion of the World Suicide Prevention Day in Jagaran News.

Is life a race?

The Department of Education, Government of Assam, India is supporting the initiative of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) in collaboration with ECHO India in hosting an event on Thursday, 10 September 2020 which is the World Suicide Prevention Day. Managing Editor of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®), Utpal Bora, MD will be one of the speakers in this event, “Is life a race?” that will be moderated by Mythili Hazarika, PhD, the President of SoMHiL. A recitation competition was also arranged with the theme of ‘Life’, facilitated by Nilofar Rahman and Papori Goswami, and judge, Srutimala Duara will be declaring the results on this day. The link to the session is https://spark.echoindia.in/jr/sess_x-MZr9StDw/

Global Psychiatry: A LAMIC Perspective

The series of webinars, titled “Global Psychiatry: A LAMIC Perspective” has begun successfully last Friday, 4 September 2020 (6-7 pm IST) with the speech of Linda B. Cottler from the United States. This Friday, 11 September 2020 (6-7:30 pm IST), Ivana Stasevic Karlicic from Serbia will be speaking on “Perspectives of Mental Health Services During COVID-19 Epidemic in the Republic of Serbia”. It is an initiative of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), as part of MONON Assam Cares (https://www.ojpas.com/ojpas-2020-07-27-fulltext.html), in collaboration with ECHO India. The link is: https://spark.echoindia.in/jr/sess_H4HVWv-SIg/

Knowledge of hand cleanliness among medical students and nurses

Knowledge of hand cleanliness among medical students and nurses at tertiary healthcare centre: a cross-sectional study” by Bandana Mahanta, DK Das, Pollov Borah, Putul Mahanta, and Malamoni Dutta, is the new Advance Online Publication of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®).

Antonio Ventriglio joins OJPAS®

Antonio Ventriglio, MD, PhD joins the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) as an editorial board member. Based in Foggia, Italy, Dr. Ventriglio is a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist at “Riuniti” Hospital in Foggia, Italy as well as Professor of Psychopharmacology and Social Psychiatry at School of Psychiatry in Foggia, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia. He has been Research Fellow at Department of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA; completed two PhD programmes on medical, clinical, and experimental sciences at University of Foggia. He is currently member of Italian Society of Psychiatry, Italian Society for Social Psychiatry, and honorary member of World Psychiatry Association. Dr. Ventriglio is editor for letters for International Journal of Social Psychiatry and is in editorial board of International Review of Psychiatry, Current Drug Research Review, and Frontiers in Psychiatry e Neurosciences. Antonio also is editor of books for the Oxford University Press and Springer Nature.

Global Psychiatry: A LAMIC Perspective – I

Linda B Cottler from the United States spoke on “Re-imaging community engagement for success during a pandemic” and set the ball rolling for the event, ‘Global Psychiatry: A LAMIC Perspective’, consisting of a series of webinars. The event is a part of MONON: Assam Cares, initiated by the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL), in collaboration with ECHO India. Samir Kumar Sinha, Principal Secretary to the Government of Assam, Health & Family Welfare Department, delivered the opening remarks in the event that is facilitated by Mythili Hazarika, the President of SoMHiL.

Nileswar Das joins OJPAS®

Nileswar Das, MD joins the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) as Section Editor of The Resident’s Agora. Dr. Das is currently working as a Senior Resident of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. After finishing MBBS (2009-2015) from Midnapore Medical College and Hospital with honours in Pathology, Ophthalmology, and Otorhinolaryngology; Dr. Das worked as a nonacademic junior resident (house staff) in the Department of Dermatology before joining AIIMS Psychiatry as MD resident in July 2016. During his residency, he actively participated in various national and international conferences; and received the introductory “Young Innovator Award” in National CME (2019) of Indian Association of Social Psychiatry on “Strengthening Home-based Care for Severe Mental Disorders in General Hospital Settings”. He also stood finalist in TYSA (2018) and NIMHANS Addiction Quiz (2018). He is a member of Indian Association of Social Psychiatry and Indian Psychiatric Society. His areas of interest include: Consultation-liaison psychiatry, Brain stimulation psychiatry, Addiction medicine, Suicide, Telepsychiatry, and Community mental health in LAMIC.

Dysphrenia in PubMed

Knowledge and attitude towards mental illness of key informants and general population: a comparative study” by Dilip Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Amool Ranjan Singh, and Samrat Singh Bhandari, and published in the January-June 2012, Volume 3 Issue 1 of Dysphrenia, renamed the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) is in PubMed (PMID: 32905487).

Dysphrenia in PMC

Knowledge and attitude towards mental illness of key informants and general population: a comparative study” by Dilip Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Amool Ranjan Singh, and Samrat Singh Bhandari, and published in the January-June 2012, Volume 3 Issue 1 of Dysphrenia, renamed the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) is in PubMed Central (PMCID: PMC7470139).

The Resident’s Agora

The Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) is glad to announce the beginning of a New Section called “THE RESIDENT’S AGORA”, a section which would be dedicated for Junior Residents/Postgraduate Trainees of psychiatry alone. This section is aimed at encouraging and enlightening budding psychiatrists in the areas of research and creative writing and, hence, help them grow with our Journal in their academic and research journey. The details regarding the types of articles and other instructions for this section will be updated soon.”