Year : 2019  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 633-

Message from President, Indian Psychiatric Society

Mrugesh Vaishnav 
 Samvedana Happiness Hospital and Research Institute; President, Indian Psychiatry Society

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Dr. Mrugesh Vaishnav
Director Samvedana Happiness Hospital and Research Institute, 3rd Floor Satya One Complex, Opp Manav Mandir Helmet Circle Memnagar, Ahmedabad - 380 052

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Psychiatry as a speciality has been well recognised and accepted world over, as various psychological factors impact the outcome of most medical disorders too. The practice of Psychiatry has been governed by special laws specific to mental health which has evolved over time and has been modified to suit the wellbeing of persons with mental illness. Mental health laws were confined to custodial care of dangerous mentally ill, later evolved to treatment of mentally ill and now the current Mental Healthcare Act (MHCA) 2017 is primarily to do with protection of rights of persons with mental illness. The concerns of the practicing mental health professionals on MHCA 2017 has been voiced at various forums and discussed at multiple conferences.

The vision of this supplement had begun at the heavenly abode of Lord Balaji at Titupathi, and the editorial team has conceptualised the interface of various aspects of the provisions of law and practice of psychiatry and invited reviews of selected topics from authors with clinical and technical expertise in MHCA 2017. This supplement carries with it the depth of the implications of implementing the rights-based law in a resource deprived country like India. It has 33 articles inclusive of speciality psychiatry, training aspects and interface at various treatment phases of persons with mental illness. Better understanding of MHCA and its concepts will help us to sharpen our skills in our interaction with clients during treatment delivery. Meeting mental health needs in India is a big challenge and we need better collaborations with various disciplines like psychology, social work, police, judiciary and government in addition to the contribution from psychiatrists. This supplement is a step in that direction.

I am sure this supplement will be a useful addendum to the practicing mental health professionals at large, a must read for all postgraduates too. Lots of grey areas in the MHCA 2017 have been well interpreted and explained for the better practice of legal psychiatry.

This task of compiling this supplement would not have been possible without the ever toiling efforts and perseverance of our editor Dr O P Singh, guest editors Dr Mahesh Gowda, Dr Shahul Ameen and Dr Ramkumar. I have had the privilege of observing these efforts from the time of conception till its completion before time lines of the second anniversary of the MHCA 2017 on April 7th.

Long live Indian Psychiatric Society

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