Clinical Psychologist from Nagaland receives Young Achievers Award at NHC

Imlibenla Mongro, Clinical Psychologist, CIHSR in New Delhi on August 6.

Imlibenla Mongro, Clinical Psychologist, CIHSR in New Delhi on August 6.

Morung Express news 
Kohima | August 6

Clinical Psychologist Imlibenla Mongro from Christian Institute of Health Services & Research (CIHSR), Dimapur received the Young Achievers Award in Female Category for excellence in healthcare during the 3rd National Health Conclave (NHC). 

The ceremony was organized under the theme, ‘Mental health- From Distress to Wellness’ by Association of Healthcare Providers (AHPI) and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) at New Delhi on August 6.

Dr Abhijit Sheth, President, National Board of Examination and Dr RP Singh, Secretary-General, Quality Council of India presented the awards. 

The national award on this category was given for contribution in the field of mental health in terms of outstanding service, research or advocacy for the upliftment of person's with psychiatric illness. 

Expressing delight over the achievement, Imlibenla said, “the award comes as a pleasant surprise not only but mostly because when I felt like the situation (mental health issues during the pandemic) was becoming too overwhelming, it felt like a direct reminder and encouragement from God to continue on the path he set for me.” She thanked the CIHSR family for the support continuously received to continue doing her work and duty.

Noting that more persons with mental health issues was reported in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, she opined that the state still requires a lot of professional mental healthcare providers keeping in mind the shortage in the country in general. At the same time, Mongro also noted that while the need for mental healthcare service is increasing, it also gives them the reminder to strive in the profession.

Challenges in their field have not been isolated. For instance, some of the patients who seek help were COVID patients, healthcare and frontline workers were severely unwell or otherwise needed alternative arrangements. “More people come with trauma related and anxiety with family, job, personal issues,” she adds. 

While the state has short of healthcare workers in various sectors, Mongro thinks there is need for more professionals undoubtedly but more support based workers or voluntary persons who can be trained to tender services in different services can be made.