Pune: Due to technological advances and fierce competition in every sphere of life, there is a rise in stress levels across the society. These drastic changes in lifestyle have created mental stress and disorders which have become a common issue faced by many. To address the misconceptions and to raise awareness about these issues, the Institute of Psychological Health (IPH) will be opened in the city.
It will be inaugurated on March 24 at a programme to be held in Modern College auditorium. The institute will be located on Karve Road and start functioning from March 27. Speaking about the centre, psychiatrist Dr Anand Nadkarni, who pioneered the IPH in Thane, said the Thane centre has been working in the field of mental health for the past 28 years.
“Presently, on an average eight to 10 families from Pune can be seen visiting IPH at Thane every day which prompted us to open a centre in Pune. The Pune centre will be a replica of the Thane centre,” he said. This institute will provide services to people with all kinds of mental health problems and will focus on community mental health development. Speaking about the growing need of centres Dr Nadkarni said the country has only 7,000 psychiatrists working for such a huge population.
“The stress levels are rising and so is the awareness about mental disorders. In this scenario, more professionals would be needed. For that we need to have trained support groups and volunteers,” said Dr Nadkarni.
Dr Nadkarni said, “IPH will cater to individuals suffering from mental problems and would also involve the family and the community towards the healthy mental development of the society. It will have a combination of curative and developmental models to help people with mental illness, disorders and distress.”