AIIMS Director interacts with medicos, doctors on Mental health, substance abuse
New Delhi: Alarming back to back suicide cases in the country's premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has called for the Director of the institute, Dr. Randeep Guleria to stress upon the significance of mental health while speaking to the medicos and the resident doctors on August 17.
Taking cognizance of the same, Dr. Gularia further attributed substance abuse as one of the leading reasons behind such cases of mental health hazards. Speaking in a webinar organized by the institution, the director stated that "We need to have a holistic approach and keep in mind substance abuse. We have a zero-tolerance policy and will take strict actions as far as this is concerned."
Director also mentioned a number of programs organized by AIIMS that will address the issue of mental health.
Referring to the importance of seeking help he further told Millennium Post, "There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to mental health. Students feel seeking help as a sign of weakness. Some don't reach out as well thinking it won't help them. I would like to reassure you that we would do everything possible to prevent the recurrence of such events."
Describing the institution's efforts to help the students with the mental issues, he further added, "We will continue to work aggressively and see what can be done and to really look at solutions for this problem and address it upfront. Student wellness wing is working all time round, email helpline and emergency support are also available. I would urge students to approach wellness centers. We have started 11 wellness clubs as well."