A unique hands-on exhibit and lecture series about the brain and mental health namely ‘Innovations in Mental Health Care & Exploring Brain and Mental Health’ is being organised in Mumbai from 9th-17th February 2019 by Dr. N.S. Vahia Foundation in association with McLean (Harvard Medical School Affiliate). The main focus of the event is improving the mental health conditions in India and on a global scale by educating the masses on the subject. 

A number of speakers will address the attendees on subjects including yoga for mental health, innovations in child psychiatry, drug therapy and digital psychiatry. Among other attendees, our Royal Brand Ambassador Shane Warne, along with our Executive Chairman Ranjit Barthakur and Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Praveen Pardeshi, inaugurated the event on February 11th. 

Mental health affects everyone—even star athletes, said cricket Legend Shane Warne, who was in Mumbai this week working with international and local organizations to raise awareness about mental illness, suicide prevention, and brain health in India.

Speaking at the conference, Shane Warne, Royals Brand Ambassador said, “I am deeply touched to be part of such a noble initiative. Its very important that people start taking mental wellness into consideration. All of us go through problems, but one must speak about it and share, to be able to get out of it. I am very happy to see that NS Vahia Foundation is actually bringing science so close to people. It was a great moment to be able to feel a human brain with my hands.”

Developed by McLean, the 200-foot exhibit aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and includes pieces of the hospital’s award-winning public awareness campaign 'Deconstructing Stigma', which features larger-than-life images and compelling narratives of people—including celebrities—living with conditions such as depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. In addition to individuals sharing their firsthand experience with mental health conditions, the exhibit also features a robust series of educational opportunities for children and adolescents—including  the opportunity for visitors to handle a real human brain. 

Rajasthan Royals as a franchise has always been in the forefront of bringing about a social change. Last year, they launched a state wide ‘Cancer Out’ campaign that emphasised on cancer screening and early detection for women in the state of Rajasthan. This initiative was to prevent untimely deaths caused by cancer in the state by generating awareness around advantages of early screening. 

10 screening centres across the state were activated for the people to get themselves screened. 

The franchise looks forward to continue its ‘Cancer Out’ campaign helping to detect early signs of cervical and breast cancer in women. It is also focusing upon women empowerment which in turn will result in child empowerment. A women’s health condition is of utmost importance for a family to function as she is the pillar of her family. 

Speaking on the occasion, our Executive Chairman Ranjit Barthakur said, “If the women of the family are fit, the whole family will be fit. Education and empowerment of women is the need of the hour and we look forward to empower women and children by educating and creating awareness about cancer, its prevention and positives of early screening.”

Rajasthan Royals is duty bound to society and as a socially responsible team, we are trying to put in place the programmes to empower people with knowledge that will help in spreading the proactive health messages and de- stigmatise thoughts that surrounds mental health. 

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