Bombay Psychiatric Society
|Bombay Psychiatric Society|
|Purpose/focus||Education and Research|
|Region served||City wide|
|Membership||Mental health Professionals|
|President||Dr. Kersi Chavda|
|Affiliations||Indian Psychiatric Society|
Bombay Psychiatric Society is a private organisation of mental health professionals that include Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Special Educators, Social Workers and Psychiatric Nurses, in the city of Mumbai (previously Bombay), Maharashtra, India.
The society began functioning formally almost 45 years ago with meetings at the late capt.(Dr.) K.A.J. Lalkaka's residence at Kemp's corner. Guest speakers, discussions on interesting cases and academic subjects were the content of their short meetings. From these meetings sprang the concept of holding luncheon meetings at the K.E.M Hospital hosted jointly by Dr. N.S. Vahia and Dr. V.N. Bagadia .
As the attendance increased the meetings became regular monthly meetings with all 4 medical colleges i.e., Topiwala National Medical College, Seth G. S. Medical College, Lokmanya Tilak Medical College and Sir J. J. Medical college. Later Invitations were being extended to all Psychiatrists and Psychologists in private and non- teaching set-ups. Around 1965 it was felt the body was now strong enough and the Bombay Psychiatric Society was formally named and constitution adopted.
At the first general body meeting Dr. Lalkaka was elected president and Dr. K. R. Saraf became the first Hon. Secretary of the Society.
The organisation has played very important role time to time in research and awareness work in the city. Various workshops and seminars are held regularly and a monthly meeting is held in all the medical colleges in the city where unique cases are discussed and budding psychiatrists are given a chance to show their talent while presenting cases.
After a spate of suicides by students in 2010, BPS had initiated a campaign along with additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar, KEM Hospital dean Dr Sanjay Oak and the BMC’s education department. The Bombay Psychiatric Society by taking help from the local psychiatrists and counselors, residing near the school areas aim to build a bridge between local mental health professionals and the schools, where psychiatrists visit the schools to conduct workshops thus reducing the stigma or reservations in minds of teachers about taking psychiatric help for issues such as depression in students.
The society is managed by a core committee composed of the President, a vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and the Executive committee members. Currently Dr. Sanjay Bagadia is the president followed by Dr. Ajita Nayak as the vice-president. Dr. Shobha Nair is the current secretary.
- "Foundation of Bombay Psychiatric Society". Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- Sonal Shukla (2010-12-18). "Teachers get lessons on curbing student suicides". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- "The Committee". Retrieved 2011-01-27.