Friday, September 4, 2015

Film on Mental Hospital inmates goes on floor: The New Indian Express

KOZHIKODE: The life spent by the psychiatric patients within the four walls of the mental hospital will soon hit the screens. Kozhikode District Legal Service Authority is going to bring out a short film on the lives of the inmates who are languishing at Government Mental Health Centre at Kuthiravattam, even after being cured of their illness. The film aims at making the public aware of the rights of these hapless persons.

According to District Legal Service Authority secretary R L Baiju, the film will highlight the plight of psychiatric patients across the state and will demand the society to actively participate in the initiatives, meant to rehabilitate them.

The film was conceptualised in wake of the raw deal meted out to persons with psychiatric problems by the society in general.

“The relatives of the inmates of Government Mental Health Centre are reluctant to take them back to their homes even after they have been completely cured. This is because they lack of awareness about the disease and the problems associated with it. The scenario is not much different all over the state. The society needs people to be more aware about the issue,” R L Baiju said.  

The shooting of the film will begin on September 6. District Judge V Bhaskaran will inaugurate the shoot. District Collector N Prasanth will perform the switch on. The shooting will be held at Government Mental Health Centre at Kuthiravattam, Kozhikode Beach and Guruvayur Temple. Film director Shaan will direct the film. Cine and serial artists will work in the film. The expenses will be met by private participation.

Meanwhile, the authorities are looking towards  completing the works of the master plan for the Mental Health Centre in a time bound manner.

Baiju said that the committee, formed to supervise the renovation and drafting of the master plan, is working on the proposal.

The authorities have received the blue print for the master plan drafted by a team of experts who had visited leading institutes like National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences(NIMHANS) in Bangalore.

As per the proposed master plan, new buildings will be constructed. Besides, the authorities are looking to develop the present structure into international standard.

The centre will be equipped with advanced facilities. The present amenities will be upgraded in order to extend proper relief to the inmates.

By installing new lights and lifting the roofs, changes will be brought in the present cell system, where inmates are, at present, left to struggle.

“The master plan is aimed at improving the infrastructural and living standards of inmates and staffs,” Baiju said.

Express News Service
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