CRP observes 28th World Mental Health Day

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:35, Oct 19,2020


The Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed hosted a webinar titled ‘A day centre for people with mental health needs: A model care of Bangladesh’ in observance of 28th World Mental Health Day on Sunday.

The theme of this year’s seminar was ‘Investment in mental health.’

CRP founder and coordinator Valeria Ann Taylor chaired the online event where Bangladesh National Advisory Committee of Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorder chairperson Saima Wazed Hossain was the chief guest.

Saima Wazed appreciated the contribution of CRP to the rehabilitation sector in Bangladesh.

In her speech she said that mental health should be well treated and pointed its importance towards achieving SDGs.

She also asked for everyone’s collaboration, not competition, as well as encouraged all to overcome the challenges of providing standard mental health, rehabilitation, and therapy services.

Neuro-Developmental Disability Trust chairman Golam Rabbani, Kadoorie Charitable Foundation Hong Kong South East Asia programme manager Rita Bonomally, WHO representative to Bangladesh Bardan Jung Rana, and Non-Communicable Diseases Centre DGHS line director Habibur Rahman were special guests.

Associate professor of National Institute of Mental Health Helal uddin Ahmed, and Karen Heaslip, an occupational therapist from Ireland, presented the keynotes.

CRP has been working on mental health since 2014, providing occupational therapy into several mental hospitals of Bangladesh.

In 2018, CRP established a daycare centre for people with mental health needs with the collaboration of Kadoorie Charitable Foundation at CRP in Ganakbari, Ashuila, Dhaka, said a press release.

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