Lecture cum Seminar on POCSO Act

As part of 25th Year Celebration of DANA, a special programme will be areanged at DANA on 26th May, 2024.


Lecture on POCSO ACT
Speaker: Dr Sujit Sarkhel, Editor, Indian Journal of Psychiatry.
Moderator: Dr Gautam Bandyopadhyay, Head & Professor of the Dept of Psychiatry, Calcutta Medical College.

Sunday, 26th May, 2026.

Workshop cum Training on ‘Day to Day Mental Health’

An Workshop cum Training on ‘Day to Day Mental Health’ will be organised by DANA startung on Saturday, the 25th November, 2023. The course will be a combination of Online (4) and Offline (8) classes on Satarday evenings and Sundays pre-noons and post-noons. The course-fee is Rs 2600. Onterested persons may contact DANA 9051252231 between 12 and 8 pm for registration. Ms Pallabi Mukherjee 9830679890 is also available for information, if any.


Day to Day Mental Health

Class 1 , Saturday, 25.11.2023 ( online )
7 -7:30 pm
7:30-9:30 pm
In search of identity ( adolescence crisis)
Speaker : Dr. Anirban Roy
Moderator : Dr. Amit Chakraborty

Class 2 , Sunday 26.11.2023 ( offline )
11 am to 1 pm
Deviations of Adolescents with focus on addictions
Speaker : Dr. Sayandip Ghosh
Moderator : Dr. Tultul Ghosh
1.30pm to 3:30 pm
Managing problems of adolescents
Speaker : Dr. Tultul Ghosh
Moderator : Dr. Sayandip Ghosh

Class 3 , Saturday, 2.12.2023 ( online )
7:30-9:30 pm
Men are from Mars,women are from Venus
A study in communications and relationships.
Speaker : Dr. Gautam Bandyopadhyay
Moderator : Dr. Amit Chakraborty

Class 4 , Sunday 03.12.2023 ( offline )

11 am to 1 pm
Repairing the broken nest : Marital counselling Speaker : Dr. Amit Chakraborty and Ms. Ratna Mitra
Moderator: Mrs. Bandana Mukhopadhyay

1.30pm to 3:30 pm
Love and Sex
Speaker : Dr. Amit Chakraborty
Moderator: Mrs. Bandana Mukhopadhyay

Class 5 , Saturday, 09.12.2023 ( online )
7:30-9:30 pm
Midlife Crisis
Speaker : Mrs. Pallabi Mukhopadhyay and Mrs. Suvra Banerjee Pal .
Moderator : Dr. Sheila Banerjee

Class 6 , Sunday 10.12.2023 ( offline )

11 am to 1 pm
Warground Workplace
Speaker: Mrs. Pallabi Mukhopadhyay
Moderator : Mrs. Bandana mukhopadhyay

1.30 pm to 3:30 pm
Speaker : Mrs. Bandana Mukhopadhyay and Ms. Suvra Banerjee Pal
Moderator : Mrs. Pallabi Mukhopadhyay

Class 7 , Saturday, 16.12.2023 ( online )
7:30-9:30 pm
The Twilight years – problems of the elderly and elderly care
Speaker : Dr. Sayandip Ghosh and Mrs Ratna Mitra
Moderator : Dr. Gautam Bandyopadhyay

Class 8 , Sunday 17.12.2023 ( offline )
11 am to 1 pm
accepting the final eventuality
Speaker : Dr. Amit Chakraborty
and Mrs .Ratna Mitra
Moderator : Dr. Amal Kumar Mullick

1:30 to 2:30 pm
Presentations by participants

2:30 to 4 pm
Valedictory Session

Course Fee : 2600 /-

World Mental Health Day 2023

“Our minds, our rights”
World Mental Health Day 2023 is an opportunity for people and communities to unite behind the theme ‘Mental health is a universal human right” to improve knowledge, raise awareness and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right.

‘Mental health is a universal human right”

Like previous years, on the occassion of World Mental Health Day, DANA will organise an interactive programme at its Hall on 10th October at 5 pm. All are welcome to participate on this year’s theme ‘Mental health is a universal human right”.

Audience Programme on Suicide and its Prevention

On the occassion of World Suicide Prevention Day, DANA is going to organience a Special Audience Programme on Suicide and its Prevention on Sunday, 10th September, 2023 at 6 pm at the Paschimbanga Bangla Academy Auditorium within the Rabindra Sadan Complex, Kolkata.

Eminent Pschologists, Psychiatrists, Educators, Literary persons and activists in the field of Suicide Prevention will attend the Programme. The speakers will include Dr Amit Chakraborty, Dr Gautam Bandyopadhtay, Dr Nilanjana Pal, Dr Soumitra Basu, shri Pracheta Gupta and others. There will also  be an interactive session.  The programme will be moderated by Ms Ratna Mitra.

All interested persons and DANA’s associates are cordially invited.

6-week Training Course on Child & Adolescent

  1. The next Training cum Workshop on Child Development entitled “Child & Adolescent : Challenges & Outcomes” will be organised by DANA on offline-online mode beginning on Sunday 30th April and culminating on 11th June 2023. Classes will mostly held on Saturdays and Sundays between 7.30 and 9.30 pm. Interested persons may contact DANA (9051252231) between 12 & 8 pm for registration. Course fee Rs 2000.

Mentally Challenged Chidren and their Special Needs: Problem & Intervention – Workshop

Children with Special Needs (CWSN) are those who have some type of disability and require exceptional care and extra help. The special needs of these children depend on the nature of their disability.  Various conditions and disabilities can be classified into four major categories:

  1. Physical
  2. Sensory
  3. Developmental

Behavioral or Emotional

Our current concern is about children and adolescents who fall under category 3 & 4. Common Developmental Disabilities include Autism Spectrum Disorder & Down’s Syndrome. Children with behavioral or emotional disabilities may find it difficult to build or maintain interpersonal relationships, or to learn new things. They may also feel depressed or anxious. ADHD and ADD are common types of behavioral disabilities.

Specific Learning Disabilities is a group of disabling conditions that hampers a person’s ability to listen, think, speak, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations. One or more of these abilities may be hampered.

Early intervention is specialised support for children with disability, autism or other additional needs including developmental delay. Apart from Mental Health Professionals, Special Educators, Speech Therapists and Occupational Therapista play key roles in the intervention process. They can also empower parents and other caregivers to take active role in supporting their childrent and accelerating desired changes in them.

A day-long workshop will be held on the above mentioned topic at DANA on Sunday, the 19th March, 2023. The Key Speakers will be Dr Anirban Roy, acclaimed Child-Psychiatrist and Ms Tanushri Das, Senior Special Educator. The Moderator will be Prof (Dr) Gautam Bandyopadhyay, Head of yje Dept of Psychiatry, Kolkata Medical College & Hospital.

Intersted persons may join. For free registraion: Call DANA 9051252231.

Interative Programme on World Mental Health Day 2022

DANA will organise an Interacive Programme on The World Mental Health Day, Monday the 10th October, 2022 at 5 pm at its premises. The theme of this year is MAKE MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING FOR ALL A GLOBAL PRIORITY.

All are welcome.

On 10 October 2022 we will be celebrating World Mental Health Day with the theme ‘Make
Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority’ a theme chosen by a global vote that
was open to the public, including WFMH members, stakeholders, and supporters.
Our world is reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, wars, displacement, and
the climate emergency, all of which have consequences for the well-being of world citizens.
Rates of people experiencing suicidal ideas are increasing globally and people with lived
experiences of mental health, their families and other populations continue to tell us that
their mental health well-being is not always at the forefront of governments, those who pay
for services or society at large. Stigma and discrimination continue to be a barrier to social
inclusion and access to the right care.
There are however some good news messages.
There is increasing evidence that the prevention of mental ill health is possible by using both
general and targeted evidence-based interventions. These can improve outcomes for
individuals across the spectrum of mental disorder and life course. We can all play our part in
increasing awareness about what preventive mental health interventions work.
We need to work with governments and other stakeholders to apply universal preventive
measures that reduce the risk of mental ill-health. This includes the promotion of social
inclusion policies, support and direct investment for vulnerable populations and investment
in communities and young people to reduce crime. We need to support well-being
interventions across the life course from pregnancy, birth, early childhood, early teens,
adulthood to older adulthood – we need to improve the social determinants of health and
address mental health stigma and discrimination.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)
adopted at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in 2015 cannot be achieved unless
we make a meaningful investment in improving mental well-being for all. The COVID 19
pandemic has shown that many health systems are ill-prepared to deal with the physical and
mental health challenges faced by their populations.
Employers generally are unprepared. The culture of our workplaces needs to support the
mental health and well-being of the workforce, so that employers are better prepared to
support mental health well-being in the working population. There is a need to establish
global mental health and well-being targets that can bring together evidence that captures
the social determinants of health, including promoting exercise, widening access to good
nutrition and food, all of which will have a positive impact on mental health and well-being.
The mental health and well-being of many health, social care and frontline workers has been
affected by the pandemic and systems need to be strengthened to better support such staff
during times of crisis and challenge.
COVID 19 has shown that no nation was prepared for the associated mental health crisis and
the effects of long Covid. We need a new compact for mental health.
Society and citizens matter.
Civil society’s role needs to be enhanced and enabled so that people can make their own
contribution to mental health and well-being in their communities and workplaces, including
harnessing peer support.
Governments have a role to play. Collaboration between governments, citizens and planners
needs to be strengthened. Policy change is often seen as a tool to deliver care packages, but
this should not be the case. Policies should be regarded as care packages. The international
community and those who pay for services need to understand this so that we can develop
truly joined up processes that deliver mental health and well-being to all our population. No
community and no individual should be left behind.
The 2022 World Mental Health Day theme ‘Make Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global
Priority’ provides us with an opportunity to re-kindle our efforts to make the world a better

Online Workshop on Relationship

DANA is going to organise next online training course cum workshop on ‘Relationship Issues’ from Saturday, the 8th January, 2022. The duration of the Course will be 5 weeks and classes will be held every Saturday & Sunday between 7.30 pm & 9.30 pm. The Course fee will be Rs 1500. Certificates wiil be sent on successful completion of the Course. Eminent Mental Health Professionals will attend as Resource Persons.


Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. There are many kinds of love, but many people seek its expression in a relationship with a compatible partner (or partners).

While need for human connection appears to be innate, the ability to form healthy, loving relationships is learned. Some evidence suggests that the ability to form a stable relationship starts to form in infancy, in a child’s earliest experiences with a caregiver who reliably meets the infant’s needs for food, care, warmth, protection, stimulation, and social contact. Such relationships are not destiny, but they are theorized to establish deeply ingrained patterns of relating to others. The end of a relationship, however, is often a source of great psychological anguish.

Tentative Schedule

1st Class- On 8th Jan 2022 Saturday:-
Overview (Attachment Style, Types of Relationship). Resource Person- D Gautam Bandopadhyay

2nd Class- On 9th Jan 2022 Sunday
(Childhood and Teenage Relationship) Resource Person- Mrs Rita Roy.

3rd Class-On 15th Jan 2022 Saturday
(Romantic Relationship). Resource Person-Mrs Bandana Mukherjee & Mrs Pallabi Mukhopadhyay

4th Class- On 16th Jan 2022 Sunday
(Marital Counseling) Resource person- Dr Amit Chakraborty
5th Class- On 22nd Jan 2022 Saturday
(Marital Counseling Part-II). Resource Person- Dr Amit Chakraborty & Mrs Ratna Mitra

6th Class- on 23rd Jan 2022 Sunday
(Family Relationship). Resource person-Mrs Banadana Mukherjee & Mrs Subhra Banerjee Paul

7th Class- On 29th Jan 2022 Saturday
(Cyber Issues) Resource Person- Dr Gautam Bandopadhyay
8th Class- On 30th Jan 2022 Sunday
(Loneliness & Grief Counselling) Resource Person- Mrs Ratna Mitra Dr Gautam Bandopadhyay

9th Class- On 5th Feb 2022 Saturday
(Mental Health Problems in Relationship) Resource Person- Dr Sayandip Ghash

10th Class- On 6th Feb 2022 Sunday
(Intervention & Various Therapies) Resource Person- Dr Sheila Banerjee


Ongoing Training Programme on DEPRESSION: Schedule of Classrs

Depression : A paradigm shift
Session 3 workshop organised by DANA

Tentative Schedule:

Class 1. 3rd July 2021, Saturday evening

Subject: Overview of Depression
Speaker: Dr. Anirban Roy

Moderator: Dr.Gautam Bandyopadhyay

Class 2 4th July 2021
Sunday evening

Subject: mind and body– somatic symptoms and neuroplasticity in depression

Speaker: Dr.Smt. Krishna Bandyopadhyay Laskar

Moderator: Dr. Sayandip Ghosh

Class 3. 10th July 2021 Saturday evening

Subject: How to become less vulnerable: digging out of Depression-a framework

Speaker: Dr. Gautam Bandyopadhyay

Moderator: Smt Rita Roy

Class 4 11th July 2021
Sunday evening

Subject: Emotional intelligence

Speaker: Dr. Amit Chakraborty

Moderator: Dr. Shiela Banerjee

Class 5. 17th July 2021
Saturday evening

Subject: loss and bereavement: traumatic experiences in life

Speakers: Dr. Amit Chakraborty and Smt Ratna Mitra

Moderator: Smt Bandana Mukherjee

Class 6 18th July 2021
Sunday evening

Subject:Suicidal mind

Speaker: Dr. Gautam Bandyopadhyay

Moderator: Dr. Sayandip Ghosh

Class 7. 24th July 2021
Saturday evening

Subject: Role of counseling and psychotherapies in treating depression: special emphasis on CBT

Speaker: Dr. Shiela Banerjee and Ms. Doyel Chakraborty

Moderator: Dr. Anirban Roy

Class 8. 25th July 2021
Sunday evening

Subject: Role of Relationships and interpersonal therapeutic approaches in depression

Speaker: Dr. Gautam Bandyopadhyay

Moderator: Smt Ratna Mitra

Class 9. 31st July 2021
Saturday evening

Subject: treating depression by medication and other approaches

Speakers: Dr. Sayandip Ghosh and Dr. Anirban Roy

Moderator: Dr. Gautam Bandyopadhyay

Class 10. 1st August 2021, Sunday evening

Subject:Redefining depression and feedback session

Speakers: Dr. Amit Chakraborty, Dr. Gautam Bandyopadhyay, Dr. Shiela Banerjee

Moderators: Smt Ratna Mitra and Sayandip Ghosh