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Fortis Hospital, Anandapur hosts the ‘PSYCH-ED 2019’ Zonal Finals

Ambar Bhattacharya, abptakmaa, Kolkata, 24th August 2019 : Fortis Hospital, Anandapur organized the Zonal Finals of the 4th edition of its national psychology quiz programme ‘PSYCH-ED, 2019’ here today. The team from D.A.V. Model School, IIT Kharagpur battled other schools in the zone to enter the national finals.

Psych-ED, the national level annual psychology quiz for school students organized by Fortis Healthcare, saw a participation of more than 4000 teams from 700 schools in its 4th edition held earlier today. As the online round of Psych-ED went live, more than 10,000 participants from over 200 cities across India participated in the quiz simultaneously. The quiz is designed for students from Class XI & XII, aiming to test their knowledge of Psychology and its concepts.

The quiz was conceptualized and executed under the aegis of Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare Limited.  The objective of the quiz is to impart learning while ensuring that the subject remains engaging and fun for the students. The initiative is supported by GD Goenka University, Project CACA, Gracia Raina Foundation, Rupa Publications, Intex, Skybags and Gaana.

The schools that qualified for the Zonal Finals were Delhi Public School from Patna, South City International School, Delhi Public School from Varanasi, La Martiniere for Boys, Shri Shikshayatan School, Christ Church Girls Senior Secondary School from Jabalpur, La Martiniere for Girls, D.A.V. Model School from IIT Kharagpur, D.P. Public School from Prayagraj, Sunbeam School from Varuna and Sunbeam School from Lahartara.

The initiative was supported by Ms. Richa Debgupta, VP-Operations, Fortis Healthcare, and Mr Samir Singh, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur.

Speaking on this unique initiative, Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences at Fortis Healthcare said, The quiz presents students with the opportunity to hone their ability in objectively creating juxtaposition between theory and practicality. We will be using testing tools such as crosswords, audio-visual elements, buzzer rounds and rapid fires. The quiz will challenge teams to step outside their comfort zones and dig deep into their knowledge and understanding of the human mind. The purpose of our efforts is to advocate for a much larger cause – sensitization of the masses with respect to good mental health. In this perilous time, where suicides and mental health illnesses are at the forefront of India’s healthcare crisis – it is important to make people aware. As professionals in this field, we need to give these tabooed and stigmatised issues a platform on which they can be showcased without any filters.”

Ms Richa Debgupta, Vice President, Operations, Fortis Healthcare said, “PSYCH-ED is our endeavor to equip and enrich young minds, as we believe that great minds build a great nation. We hope to reach out to many more young minds in the next season. It is one of the most unique initiatives from Fortis mental health team. It will definitely help give a fillip to the interest among students to study more psychology and mental health. As a

country, there is a great need of mental health professionals. Such endeavors definitely encourage students to look at psychologist as a profession to opt.”

Ms V. Ragalika, Ms Shruti Chakraborty and Ms. Aratrika Patnaik, D.A.V. Model School from IIT Kharagpur, the Kolkata Winners shared their experience, “The Quiz was very challenging and exciting. It has provided the students a platform to explore the world of psychology and will hopefully help the society get over the stigma surrounding psychology. We will give our best and will make Kolkata proud in final round at Delhi.”

Mr Samir SIngh, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospitals Anandapur felicitated the winners. On the occasion, he said, “Our region still has a long way to go as far as education about mental health is concerned and what better way that engaging the young minds through a psychology quiz competition! Not only does it help students understand the basic concepts of psychology, it also helps them gain out-of-the-book insight on this much tabooed subject. The response this year has been extremely encouraging and we hope to reach out to many younger minds in the next season. Our best wishes for the winners of the zonal final rounds hope they will make us proud in national final.” Publicity : Carpe Diem Communique.

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