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Shedding Light on Schizophrenia: A Webinar on Mental Health Awareness

In an effort to raise awareness about Schizophrenia, a complex mental health condition, a webinar titled "What is Schizophrenia" was held on May 24, 2023, in association with Association for Social Change, Evolution and Transformation(Ascent). The webinar aimed to educate and inform participants about the prevalence, symptoms, categories, causes, episodes, and management of Schizophrenia. The event featured two esteemed speakers: Rakhi Krishnan, a clinical psychologist from Mibo Health and Happiness Care in Kochi, and Nidhin Lalachan, a consultant psychologist, who shared their experiences and emphasized the significance of mental health in today's society.

The webinar commenced by acknowledging Schizophrenia Awareness Day, which pays tribute to Dr. Philippe Pinel, a pioneering psychiatrist from France recognized for his humane approach to caring for the mentally ill. This year's theme, "Celebrating the Power of Community Kindness," underscored the importance of fostering a compassionate and supportive environment for individuals living with Schizophrenia, as social stigmas and misconceptions persist.

During the session, the speakers delved into the history of Schizophrenia, shedding light on its various aspects and dispelling common misconceptions perpetuated by Malayalam movies. They emphasized the role of medication and psychotherapies, particularly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), in managing the condition. The webinar also provided an opportunity for viewers to engage in an open discussion, enabling them to ask questions and seek clarification about Schizophrenia, further enhancing their understanding.

By organizing this enlightening webinar, the Totem Resource Centre aims to combat the stigma surrounding mental health conditions and create a more empathetic and inclusive society. It serves as a reminder that raising awareness, fostering community kindness, and providing accurate information are crucial steps towards supporting individuals with Schizophrenia and promoting their well-being.


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