At the interface between movies and mental health

The Department of Mental Health Education, NIMHANS and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (STPH), with the support of swissnex India, addressed the sensitive topic of dementia in old age with a public screening of the award winning film ‘ASTU – SO BE IT’ by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, featuring Dr. Mohan Agashe, on 14th November at NIMHANS in Bangalore.

The screening was followed by an academic symposium the next day to enable a transdisciplinary dialogue of Indian and Swiss health and media professionals. Among the speakers were the film-makers and Dr. Mohan Agashe themselves. Their participation enabled lively interaction between the interested audience and experts from NIMHANS to explore in depth the interface between movies and mental health.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for further cooperation was signed on Monday, 17th of November, between the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) and the Swiss TPH in the presence of Prof. Mitchell Weiss, Swiss TPH coordinator of the Indo-Swiss partnership for research and training.