NIEPID is Celebrating World Mental Health Week from 7 to 12 October

NIEPID is Celebrating World Mental Health Week from 7 to 12 October


The National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Divyangjan) is celebrating World Mental Health Week from 7th October to 12th October 2023 hosted by the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology. The theme for World Mental Health Week this year is “Mental Health as a Universal Right”, which throws light on the equal rights of every citizen to get accessible, acceptable, and good quality mental health care. We will host various events that include activities, workshops, webinars, and lectures during the week to create awareness.

Dr. Sunita Devi, a lecturer in Rehabilitation Psychology at NIEPED, will coordinate the event. Supported by Shri. B.V. Ram Kumar, who is the Director at NIEPED.

Various events will take place between the 7th to 12th of October that will raise awareness for mental health for employees, schools, colleges and the general public. Dr. Sunita Devi, Dr. Deyashini Lahiri, Ms. Kiran Binker, and Mr. Naveen will conduct these programs.

Event details:
  • 9th October: Dr. Deyashini Lahiri will host an awareness program for the general public at General Service & CDEIC from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 9th October: Dr. Sunita Devi will host an online webinar on mental health for Mahindra Tech employees from 12 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 10th October: Ms. Kiran Binker and Mr. Naveen will host an awareness lecture at the college from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 11th October: Dr. Deyashini Lahiri and Dr. Sunita Devi will host an awareness lecture at the schools from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 12th October: Dr. Sunita Devi will host a workshop on mental health-related issues for college students of psychology/professionals.

For further details, you can check out the website Or mail

Mental health as a universal right

One in eight people is living with a mental health condition, but most of them do not receive the right treatment and services in the country. Many of them face stigma, discrimination, and injustice. To push awareness, the theme of World Mental Health Week “Mental health as a universal right” wants to convey that mental health isn’t a privilege but a universal human right. Integrate community-based support, interventions, and psychological help into healthcare planning. Governments must provide care that will uphold these basic rights of humans and promote recovery.

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