COVID has created conversation around mental health: Dr Vikram Patel

COVID-19 has created a conversation around mental health which is a reflection of the interest around mental health from people’s personal experiences, said Dr Vikram Patel, psychiatrist and professor from Harvard University in conversation with author and senior journalist Kaveree Bamzai on TNIE’s Expressions, a series of live web casts with people who matter. There is a definite change in attitudes towards mental health, he said. But, he added, there is no equivalent of the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in India (CDC). “The ICMR’s role is to fund research. It is no equivalent of the CDC. We need a public health agency which is inter-sectoral. Different ministries need to be involved for this. This is a glaring issue in our country.”  Across the world, the pandemic has created has created similar risk factors for mental health problems, Patel pointed out. “For example, economic uncertainty — for young people, the uncertainty about jobs and education. In the US, there is data coming from the CDC showing a dramatic increase in the prevalence rates of mood, anxiety and trauma-related mental health issue.” Young people were affected significantly too, he added.  Tailor-based approach with the resources available and democratisation of healthcare are the way ahead, he said. “It is important for us to not wait for the data from India. We already had a huge problem before the problem. Now is the time to deliver on mental health across the country.” There is a need to train frontline workers on the foundation skills on mental health issues through digital media, he said.

published on : 30th October 2020

Kangana deserves applause for the human being she is: Panga director Ashwiny Tiwari

At Think Edu 2020, Panga movie director Ashwiny Tiwari said that she adores Kangana Ranaut, irrespective of what people have to say about her.

published on : 24th January 2020

Timothee Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp on role models and responsibility

The King' stars spoke to Reuters about the coming-of-age film loosely based on Shakespeare's plays.

published on : 4th October 2019

OSCARS 2019: Green Book wins 'Best Picture', Rami Malek talks about Freddie Mercury

Here's a quick recap of Oscars 2019. Rami Malek gets candid on playing the role of Freddie Mercury in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody; Green Book team rejoices on stage; Olivia Colman cries and more...

published on : 25th February 2019

Singing monsters, movie toys and collectibles reign at the 2019 Toy Fair

Toy makers came to New York to showcase the hottest products and trends in the industry. 

published on : 20th February 2019

Viewers' verdict | Chennai reacts to G. V. Prakash Kumar's 'Sarvam Thaala Mayam'

TNIE spoke to a few moviegoers on what they thought about the recently released Tamil film Sarvam Thaala Mayam, featuring GV Prakash Kumar, Aparna Balamurali  The movie is directed by Rajiv Menon

published on : 2nd February 2019

Viewers' verdict | Chennai reacts to STR's 'Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven'

TNIE spoke to a few moviegoers on what they thought about the recently released Tamil film Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven, featuring Silambarasan, Megha Akash, Catherine Tresa and Prabhu

published on : 2nd February 2019

Petta vs Viswasam? Here is how Chennai is reacting to both releases on the same day..

Thalaivar Rajnikanth's movie Petta and Thala Ajith's movie Viswasam are to release on January 10, 2019, and Chennai can't keep calm. Have a look!

published on : 9th January 2019

'Hansa' from Khichdi turns 52 today. Here are 5 performances of hers you can't miss!

Supriya Pathak, commonly known for her role as Hansa in the TV series and movie 'Khichdi' turned a year older. On her birthday, let's have a look at the other exceptional roles she did over the years.

published on : 7th January 2019

Happy Birthday Deepika Padukone: 5 things you didn't know about the beauty queen

Bollywood'ds highest paying actress turns 33 today! Here are five things about her not many people know. Have a look!!

published on : 5th January 2019

Celebrities tell us their favorite Christmas movie

The stars all have their favorite holiday movies just like everyone else.

published on : 20th December 2018

Rajinikanth fans celebrate the release of '2.0'

Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar-starrer '2.0'  had a blockbuster opening across Tamil Nadu and the fans have given a thumbs up to the sci-fi thriller.

published on : 29th November 2018

Viewers' verdict | Chennai reacts to 'Sandakozhi-2'

TNIE spoke to a few moviegoers on what they thought about the recently released Tamil film 'Sandakozhi-2', featuring Vishal, Keerthy Suresh, Rajkiran, Lal amongst others.

published on : 19th October 2018

Will Smith unveils ‘Aladdin’ poster

WS, who will be playing the magical Genie in the much-awaited film, took to his Instagram account to share the first poster.   

published on : 11th October 2018

WATCH: Sanjay Dutt unveils 'Prassthanam' motion poster

'Prassthanam' has an ensemble cast of Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Panday, Amyra Dastur, Ali Fazal and Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles. The first-look was released today.

published on : 10th July 2018
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