A 16th biennial three-day national conference on the theme “Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Times of Change; Opportunities and Challenges is organized by IPC, Ranchi in collaboration with the Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. This is the first biennial conference to be held in hybrid mode with online and offline participation by delegates.
The program was started with Continuing Medical Education (CME). The sessions were led by Dr Soumya Basu, Associate Professor Psychiatrist, Department of Psychological Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne Australia, Dr Soumitra Shankar Dutta, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Tata Medical Center Kolkata, Dr Satya Raj, Consultant, Child and adolescent Psychiatry Unit, CMC, Vellore, Dr Naresh Nebhinani Additional Professor, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS Jodhpur and Dr Varun s Mehta, Associate Professor, CIP, Ranchi. The speakers discussed the link between neurodevelopmental disorders and personality disorders, psychosis in children and adolescents, infant mental health, the effects of the ongoing pandemic in children and parents and the rising suicide rates in India.
The three-day conference was officially opened with the lighting of the lamp by the main guest, Prof. Vinod Sinha, CIP, guest of honor Prof (Dr) D. Ram, former director, CIP , Dr Kishore Vishwanath Gujar, President, IACAM, Organizing President Prof. (Dr) Basudev Das, CIP Director and Organizing Secretary, Dr Nishant Goyal, CIP. It was followed by a melodious Saraswathi Vandana by the students of the CIP.
The welcoming speech was delivered by Professor (Dr) Basudev Das. In his welcoming speech, he stressed the importance of addressing the mental health of children and adolescents, especially during the pandemic, as well as the far-reaching consequences.
He also touched on the addiction to smartphones. Followed by Dr Chhitij Srivastava’s welcoming speech, the Secretary General briefly introduced the IACAM to the delegates.
Dr Devashish Konar, IACAM Vice President, gave his opinion on child and adolescent mental health issues during the pandemic. Professor (Dr) D. Ram addressed the delegates on the evolving scenarios in the mental health sector over the past five decades. Main guest Prof. Vinod Sinha also shared his thoughts and experiences of working on children’s mental health in rural areas, especially on the loss of educational opportunities due to the lack of online facilities in these areas.
The conference E-Souvenir was also published by Prof. Vinod Sinha. It was followed by congratulations from the dignitaries.
The national conference officially began after the presidential address by Dr Kishore Vishwanath Gujar, President of IACAM. Dr Nishant Goyal, Organizing Secretary, expressed his gratitude to the delegates and guests.
The vote of thanks was taken by Dr Nishant Goyal, organizing secretary of all resource persons, guests of honor, guests of honor from different corners and niches of the nation for their kind cooperation, participation and success. of the conference.
The day’s sessions brought together 300 participants combined in online and offline mode. This national conference will continue for yet another day.