CSIR-NIScPR Director Prof Ranjana Aggarwal said that the increase in carbon dioxide concentration had an impact on our hormones, metabolism and overall emotional balance and hence mental health conditions like stress, depression and anxiety are very common nowadays. She added that we need to address the mental health of ourselves, family and friends.

Prof. Aggarwal shared her thoughts during the inaugural session of the half-day camp focused on mental health and well-being, organized by the CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (NIScPR) in collaboration with the Indian Women Scientists Association (IWSA).

Prof Aggarwal said: “We usually discuss our physical health, but social stigma prevents us from talking about mental health. But ignoring mental health can have a negative impact on our physical health.” Speaking of human evolution, emotions and its relationship with environmental changes, he added that over the past two centuries, we have witnessed a gradual increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide on Mother Earth.

Dr. Rina Sharma, Chief Scientist of the CSIR-National Physical Laboratory and President of the IWSA also graced the occasion. In your speech, you discussed the goals of the IWSA and how this organization brings science to society. You stressed the need to raise awareness of mental health.

Dr. Amit Madan, Head of Research, Central Ayurveda Research Institute gave a special talk on ‘A balanced lifestyle and mental health’. He explained the natural connection between physical and mental well-being.

Dr. Kanika Malik, Sr. Principal Scientist, CSIR-NIScPR and Mental Health Field Coordinator proposed a vote of thanks. A health follow-up session was also conducted after the mental health program in which CSIR-NIScPR staff members visited doctors, shared health concerns and held consultations.

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