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  • Published at 11:55 pm October 25th, 2018
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A day to raise awareness for mental health and wellness by Psychological Health and Wellness Clinic (PHWC)

PHWC has dedicated the month of October to raising awareness on mental health and is hosting an event in honor of World Mental Health Day, traditionally celebrated on October 10th. Family and friends are welcomed to partake in a day full of wellness activities and interesting sessions.

This clinic is a one-stop place for your psychological health and wellness needs with the aim of providing the highest levels of care ranging from psychiatric assessment and psychological counseling/therapy to lifestyle modification through group wellness activities. Their pool of qualified professional staff have multicultural clinical experience and carry a high regard for client ethics, evidenced-based practice as well as continuous professional development. As such, all our patrons can expect to be greeted, seen, accepted and managed in a safe and non-judgmental manner. They believe that wellness is more than the absence of disease; it is a state of optimal well-being. It goes beyond the curing of physical illness to achieving health. The services being offered are designed to provide the clients with an integrated solution for their mind, body, and lifestyle to enhance their lives and resolve issues.

A day-long chain of events has been organized by the clinic which will start early morning on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Starting off at 9:30 am with yoga-- breathing exercises and some typical yoga postures which will be conducted by Ulfath Kuddus, an instructor certified in Sivananda Yoga.

Side by side, a workshop that portrays certain aspects of mental illness will go on till evening. Traits that cannot be comprehended with just facts but with the prime use of sound, sight and a slight stimulation of touch as well in a way that gives you a window into the realms of these states of mind and self-experience. Along with that, a session will be conducted on a unique method of using fluid art to feed your mind's hunger for creativity and stress-relief. Indulging thyself in a colorful mess of paint makes it an engaging activity for anyone keen on reconnecting or discovering their artistic side.

A few hour-long sessions will go on throughout the day.

Starting off at 10 am, nutritionist Marina Farook will talk about different topics such as how nutrition plays such an important role in mental wellbeing, hormone balance, gut health and how all of this can be tied together.

There will be two doctors present as guest speakers at the event talking about mental health and primary health care.

Dr Christopher Adkins, a US-trained family medicine physician working at Family Health Practice. He is keen towards promoting primary health care and expanding access to quality services. 

Along with him, Dr. Helal Uddin Ahmed, associate professor of Child Adolescent and Family Psychiatry in National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Secretary General of Bangladesh Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health (BACAMH) will be sharing his views on mental health in terms of the younger generation.

Later for the afternoon, Ashna Chowdhury from Thrive Women will take a deep dive into our relentless pursuit of external validation and acceptance.

Following through, Yellow Brick Road will have a workshop on Emotional Intelligence, featuring guest speaker Alice Cho, a passionate researcher and an advocate of adolescent well-being. She has worked with youths in Indonesia and Uganda to increase civic participation and adolescent empowerment. 

In the end,  Ampersand: Spoken Word Dhaka will perform poetry. The workshop will showcase a few spoken word pieces and through quick, short exercises will enable you to write what you are feeling. You can perform or share a spoken word piece of your own if you want to. The idea is that you test this process out for yourself and see whether it makes a difference for you.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 27 2018 (9:30 am onwards) and will be held at PHWC, Caldwell Centre, Plot 54, Road 11, Block C, Banani.