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posted Sep 7, 2017, 1:43 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 1:44 AM ]

Mind over Matter

The Young Adults Association's (YAA) second event of the year was aimed at prioritising our Mental and Emotional Health and took place on August 20, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem. Due to the increasing number of people battling with depression, stress and addiction, the group sought to create an awareness of the importance of Mental Health. Thus the idea of 'Mind over Matter' was conceived.

For long, the topic of mental and emotional health has often been shrouded in negativity. Many individuals refuse to accept that such a problem exists. 'Get over it', 'Become strong', 'Buck Up', - these are some of the many terms they use. Others consider it as the work of the devil. But we must now address it for what it is - a disease. And we can only overcome this disease by proper diagnosis and treatment.

It is with this in mind we invited Dr Cicilia Chettiar (PhD), Dr Wilona Braganza (MD) and Fr (Dr) Anthony D'Souza (PhD) to conduct the session and answer a few questions. Dr Cicilia is a clinical psychologist, heading the department of Psychology at Maniben Nanavati Women's College with over 15 years experience in the field. Dr Wilona is a trained psychiatrist, working with several hospitals and clinics in Thane. And Fr Anthony is founder of Premanjali, a first of its kind Family counselling training institute at Nallasopara, and also the Rector at St Xavier's College, Mumbai.