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Mental Healthcare Bill: Highlights...let Us talk

#Let us Talk 
The Parliament on Monday passed the ‘Mental Healthcare Bill’ in the Lok Sabha .One of the prime features of the bill is that it seeks to provide proper health-care, treatment and rehabilitation of mentally ill persons “in a manner that does not intrude on their rights and dignity.”
Here are the provisions under the Mental Healthcare Bill:
1. Rights of persons with mental illness: This provision states that every person will have the right to access mental healthcare from services which are operated or funded by the government. It also includes good quality, easy and affordable access to services. It also provides for the right to equality of treatment, seeks to protect such persons from inhuman treatment, access to free legal services, their medical records, and the right to complain in the event of regarding deficiencies in provisions.
2. Advance Directive: This provision empowers a mentally-ill person to have the right to make an advance directive that explains how she/he …

Let us Talk...Suneel Vatsyayan

Let Us Talk: Developing Connections And Empowering Communities For Well-BeingbySuneel Vatsyayan
Posted on Mar 23 '17, 
Community roots, community reach Chanda (name changed), along with eight other peer educators with a similar background, regularly visits families in an urban slum of New Delhi to talk with them about diabetes, hypertension, cancer and alcohol and tobacco. These peer educators are 15- to 18-year old students and are living in the same community where they conduct their interventions. That makes it easier for them to understand and to make a connection with the families they meet. Five out of nine peer educators share how their fathers were addicted to alcohol and despite being girls how they managed to make their fathers understand and help them overcome addiction. Building on their own stories and being able to rely on their intimate understanding of the community, the peer educators, like Chanda, are able to relate once they get a chance to speak with families tha…

Vineet and Mani join Nada India as volunteers

Two students of a Rohtas-based school are on cloud nine after the President of India's office responded positively to their plan to clean the man-made lake around Sher Shah Suri's mausoleum.
Class XI students Vineet Prakash and Mani Raj Singh had written to President Pranab Mukherjee on December 15, seeking his intervention to restore the glory of the mausoleum, on the wane because of a foul smell emanating from the water body around it in Sasaram district.

The letter, a copy of which is with The Telegraph, said the dirty water had not been cleaned for decades because of the apathetic attitude of authorities and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which looks after the heritage site.

In the letter the boys said it was not only sending a wrong message to tourists but could also cause serious diseases because of air pollution.

The students had earlier chalked out a detailed plan to clean the water, something they showcased at a science exhibition in Ranchi in February. Their plan …