September 8, 2016 5:43:25 am
A new initiative, ‘Manas Rang’ (colours of mind), that uses theatre, songs, drama and offers a platform for patients with mental health problems to vent their emotions like fear, hysteria as well as talk about illnesses like schizophrenia will be formally inaugurated on September 11.
Dr Hamid Dabholkar, who manages Parivartan NGO that works closely with the regional mental hospital at Yerawada to help rehabilitate patients in society, told mediapersons that patients would be trained through the initiative to communicate their issues.
Venting out their emotions in front of an audience could also help build up their self-esteem and self-confidence, he added.
Manas Rang will be formally inaugurated on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Parivartan at a function to be held on September 11 at Sudarshan Rangmanch. Noted actor and psychiatrist Mohan Agashe, along with internationally known psychiatrist Dr Helen Herrman, will be present at the event.
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Noted theatre director and actor Atul Pethe and Raju Inamdar from his team are already in the process of training counsellors and others in helping patients with mental health problems.
“There is a weekly schedule where the counsellors at the hospital after being trained by us interact with the patients. The groups then come up with songs and other skits and basically get space to express themselves freely,” Pethe said.
There are 50-odd mentally ill patients who are involved in the Manas Rang initiative of Parivartan. Along with the patients which include the ones who have by and large recovered, caregivers and health providers will also form part of the group to interact with each other by using theatre as a therapeutic mode.
“Theatre, song therapy and such is not an alternative to treatment but a supportive effort to help the patients integrate with society and not be stigmatised,” said Dabholkar.
Noted painter Jayant Joshi, along with designer Kumar Gokhale, has prepared some 45 posters that will be exhibited at the Sudarshan Rangmanch’s art gallery on September 11 and 12. Psychiatrist Dr Vidyadhar Watve and Dr Vasudev Paralikar will also participate in the discussions.
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