New Delhi, Delhi, India:
MANN KI BAAT, Doordarshan's latest television series on mental health issues is being launched on the 21st of July, 2010. Subsequently, the series will be aired every Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. on Doordarshan National channel.
It has been found that about 1/4th of the Indian population suffers from psychological distress/illness in their lifetime while countless others have sub clinical problems. Incidentally, we do not use even 5% of our potential powers of the mind, which can always be improved. Caring for our mind is our greatest responsibility to ourselves so that we can also help others. It is crucial and important to recognize early signs of psychological distress and address them immediately through self-help or seeking outside help so that it does not become a mental illness.
MANN KI BAAT was born out of the need to create a platform for awareness on mental health issues – both the ordinary ones that affect our daily lives and the not so ordinary issues like mental illnesses that may not directly affect us but someone we know or care for. Our mind is the most precious asset we posses and so also our Mann Ki Baat, for it is the MIND that really MATTERS.
The series focuses on issues related to the mind and mental health of individuals and the society at large. The program is essentially a studio based discussion between the anchor and the experts in the field with inputs in the form of comments from general public, case studies as well as experts from different related professions.
The content for the series has been developed by Dr. Sujatha D. Sharma, a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience who has also scripted several other television documentaries on mental health in the past. Dr. Avdesh Sharma, a well known psychiatrist is the Director and Expert anchor of the series. Dr. Avdesh Sharma has anchored and directed numerous health programs for the electronic media for over 30 years. Ms. Kanupriya, a well known media personality for nearly two decades, is the Anchor of the series.
The series deals with psychosocial issues spanning all ages, from stresses in children and adolescents to marital issues problems, of women and the elderly. It also deals with common psychological problems like Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, Sleep and Eating disorders, Alcohol Abuse, Myths and Stigma about Mental Illness etc. There is a focus on self growth such as enhancing emotional intelligence, positive emotions and controlling negative ones.