“Sarve Bhavanthu Sukhinah”
SWASTI, a health and well-being initiative, with the aim of improving awareness and promoting positive health and well-being was launched at Amrita Hospital on September 25, 2017. The aim of SWASTI is working collaboratively with various schools, colleges, institutes, organisations and the public to deliver a range of educational programmes, presentations and interactive forums on mental health and well-being. “Depression: Let’s talk” is the World Health Organisation (WHO) theme for 2017. Mental Health in the workplace is the theme for the World Mental Health day this year (10 October 2017). The launch of SWASTI is based on the theme of “Mental Health”. There is “No health without mental health” and the aim is to raise the awareness and profile of health and well-being.
Well known lyricist, poet and script writer, Sri. Mankombu Gopalakrishnan, inaugurated the launching of “SWASTI”. Swami Purnamritananda Puri, General Secretary, Mata Amritanandamayi Math, gave the benedictory address. Cine actor, Meera Vasudevan, launched the social media website of SWASTI and shared with the audience about the subject Reel Life and Real Life: Perceptions and Perspectives on Mental Health. Commissioner of Income Tax, Dr. Jayasankar Neelakantan IRS unveiled Swasti logo and delivered the key note address. Music composer and sound designer, Sri. Dhevesh, recited the poem ‘SWASTI’.
Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Vishal Marwaha, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine; Dr. U. Krishnakumar, Director, Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Kochi; Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh, Medical Superintendent, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Valsraj Menon, Additional Medical Superintendent, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Kesavankutty, Head of Psychiatry Department, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Gitanjali Natarajan, Head of Clinical Psychology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Aswathy S., Professor of Community Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Sai Bala, Nursing Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences spoke on the occasion. Students under the Amrita University performed various programs based on the subjects on mental health to improve public understanding of mental health and delivered on-going activities on health and well-being.