INDIA. Mumbai: A wellness centre titled “Niramaya” to address the mental health needs of the Naval community was inaugurated near the Indian Naval Hospital Ship (INHS) Asvini (Establishment) located at Colaba in South Mumbai, on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day, on Monday.
The centre was formally inaugurated by Mrs. Charu Singh, President Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA), in the presence of Naval personnel and their family members.
The Centre is an innovative wellness promotion initiative and aims to address the mental health needs of the naval community in Mumbai in a facility outside the Hospital premises for a humane touch and IN statement read.
Located in a heritage building adjacent to the hospital, it is a stand-alone facility that will encourage sharing thoughts, feelings, and concerns with expert counselors from INHS Asvini. The counsellors will offer guidance on improving well-being and resilience through twelve specialized services, including positive parenting, student and career guidance, marital enrichment, coping with chronic illnesses, taking care of the elderly, and dealing with grief and trauma.
Speaking on occasion, Surgeon Rear Admiral Anupam Kapur, Commanding Officer INHS Asvini, enumerated the multiple steps envisaged by the hospital to address the holistic wellness needs of the naval community in Mumbai.
“Make Mental Health and Well-being for all a Global Priority” was the theme adopted this year while inaugurating the wellness centre. This message was elegantly communicated through a skit on wellness and a yoga demonstration put up by cadets of the College of Nursing, INHS Asvini.
A poster competition on the theme was also organized, which saw a large participation from the naval community.
Award winners were felicitated by the Chief Guest, Mrs. Charu Singh, who also addressed the gathering and lauded the efforts made to enhance holistic well-being and hoped that the community would well utilise the project.
The NHS Asvini is a Command Hospital with a bed strength of 825 equipped with all medical facilities and has a host of centres related to: Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Nuclear Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Orthopaedics Centre.
It also has various departments, including Depts of Gynaecology, Paediatrics, and Ophthalmology. The hospital also has a state-of-the-art, fully air-conditioned auditorium with a seating capacity of 250, a mechanical laundry, and a Naval EPABX telephone exchange.