In HEAL-Thy Samvaad’s Inaugural Episode on Life after lockdown — a new normal with other concerned issues of basic health & hygiene, mental and physical health, stress management and the Adversity Quotient (AQ) and Resilience — doing the rounds of discussion after Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide was held on 18th June 2020 under HEAL-Thy Samvaad — a series of dialogue on the stemming health issues in our society. This was the inaugural episode of HEAL-Thy Samvaad organised by the ‘healthcare advocacy’ group — HEAL Foundation in association with ICCIDD and with the support of the Consortium of Public Health Impact Partners (CPHIP).
HEAL-Thy Samvaad is a fortnightly series of dialogue to address health issues to be organised on every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month to discuss the emanating health issues, its prevention and to inculcate awareness around holistic health & wellness to help our society stay healthy. Distinguished health experts have to deliberate on different health issues and answer the queries of the participants related to health and wellness during the session of the Samvaad (Dialogue) to spread a healthy message to the larger spectrum of society.
Mr R. Shankar, President, HEAL Foundation inaugurated the 1st episode of HEAL-Thy Samvaad, elaborating the significance of Samvaad (Dialogue) and its educative benefits. Besides the day’s topic — Life after lockdown – a new normal, the inaugural episode of HEAL-Thy Samvaad focussed on the ‘Adversity Quotient’ and ‘Resilience’ and tried to discover its relevance with Bollywood’s rising star Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide, and its significance in the lives of the people that how depression engulfs them to the extent that they take away their lives. All the panellist paid tribute to the deceased actor.
While addressing the HEAL-Thy Samvaad and responding to the importance of ‘Adversity Quotient, Dr Nimesh G Desai, Director, Institute of Behaviour & Allied Sciences said, “Adversity Quotient (AQ) is a measure to see how an individual reacts or behaves when faced by a challenge of adversity in life. Therefore, we need to focus on being strong, smart and emotionally resilient. A stronger Adversity Quotient is required even after the lockdown to resist the cases of suicide and depression. We can restrict suicide by talking emotionally to the person in depression. We can also manage the stress level if our AQ is strong.”
Adding further, he said “It may not be 100% true in case of Sushant Singh Rajput, but as far as the drug adherence is concerned, generally, we have seen a tendency of a lot of psychiatric patients discontinuing their prescribed drugs and not adhering to the medication given by the experts and doctors which results in poor management of mental health and may also lead to suicidal tendencies.”
Citing the instance of Samvaad (Dialogue) between Arjuna & Lord Sri Krishna from Mahabharata mentioned in Bhagwat Gita and its significance, Dr C S Pandav, President ICCIDD & former HoD, Deptt of Community Medicine, AIIMS, said, “Samvaad (Dialogue) is a mode of education, which plays a pivotal role in making the people learn and spread the messages widely. The misinformation about COVID-19 pandemic is galore. Now, we are into the pandemic of fear — the pandemic of misery and the pandemic of migrants. Along with boosting bodily immunity, we need to improve our social & economic immunity to face and fight this pandemic. And we must pay respect to our healthcare workers — doctors, nurses and police who are riding the valley of death to save the people from this pandemic.”
The issues of alleviating the fear of the pandemic and making hygiene habit a part of the routine; the importance of food for healthy body and mind; stepping out and stepping safely after the lockdown, were also addressed by the experts and discussed at length.
Deliberating on the importance of right kind of food for a healthy mind and body, Ms Manjari Chandra, Consultant, Nutrition, Max Multispecialty Hospital, said, “Although the fear of COVID-19 is looming large, yet no need to fear rather be cautious and maintain the right diet, focus on indigenous foods, healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and home-cooked foods — these are the keys to stay healthy. We need to follow the regimen of intermittent fasting, which the Indian people have been following from time immemorial and the ancient ritual of cooking food at home with due cleanliness — these are the real mantra to stay healthy always.”
About HEAL Foundation: HEAL Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and a ‘healthcare advocacy’ group which has been working diligently under its flagship initiative COVIDFighters — dedicated to fighting COVID-19 Pandemic with its various awareness drive such as organising a series of webinars and other allied activities ever since the outbreak of coronavirus. It has recently started a series of HEAL-Thy Samvaad to be held on every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month. To know more about HEAL Foundation, visit: www.healfoundation.in and about its dedicated program on COVID-19 @ www.covidfighters.in.
About ICCIDD: Association for Indian Coalition for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) was established in 1997 to conduct research on the problems of Iodine deficiency disorders and other Micronutrients, Nutrition & Healthcare Delivery, Environment and Development in the community and suggest solutions