November 11, 2017
MS Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation (MSCT&RF) and Subitcham-Family Fellowship jointly organised a care givers meet on November 11, 2017 at Bodhi, a centre for psychiatric rehabilitation of the trust. Professor (Dr.) Madan Mohan Goel, Director, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, was the chief guest. In his address, he appealed to the care givers to have an inclusive mindset to retain people with mental disabilities in their families and not discriminate against them. He stressed that the recovered persons with mental illness are entitled to citizenship rights such as the right to vote. He also cited supportive evidence for inclusion and equity from the Mahabharata. Dr. R. Srinivasan, Sastra University, Thanjavur, & Tamilnadu State Secretary, BJP, was the special guest of honour. He reiterated that people with mental illness needed to be treated with love and empathy. As a part of the event, the residents of the centre showcased their talents with music and dance and demonstrated Yoga asanas. Disability cards were distributed to the families and outstanding performance of the residents were recognised and honoured by the dignitaries. The guests were taken around the campus and interacted with the residents. They appreciated the products made by them as a part of vocational rehabilitation and livelihood initiatives. Nearly 250 participants includes caregivers, volunteers from Share, well wishers and mental health professionals actively participated in the meet. Dr. C. Ramasubramanian, Founder and Consultant Psychiatrist, MSCT&RF, welcomed the gathering and K.S.P.J. Babu, Director Programmes, proposed vote of thanks. In the afternoon, Dr. Madan Mohan Goel, Director, RGIYD, spoke on “Positive Mental Health” at Subbulakshmi Lakshmipathy College of Science, Madurai. Nearly 450 students from various disciplines participated.