ISLAMABAD – Where billions of rupees are being spent on post-distress management, if some portion is spent on psychological counselling, the results will be different.

Riaz Fatyana, President Pakistan Psychology Association (PPA) and Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights, said this at the concluding ceremony of the two-day international conference on mental health here at International Islamic University.

Fatyana was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony whereas faculty members and large number of students were present during the conference. He said frustration is quite high in the society which de-motivated people towards our national interests. On the prevailing terrorism in the country, he considered it as causes of the psychological trauma and violence in the society and lauded that effective measurement be made to restrict it.

He urged the need of psychology and addiction trauma centre at the International Islamic University Islamabad and invited the students to become member of PPPA and conduct research on psychological issues of the people.

Dr Nabi Bux Jumani, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, IIU proposed that the government should appoint at least one Psychiatric at each district of the country to help the psyche patients. He said that psychosocial issues badly affect mental health, daily life, relationships and even physical health which disturbed the whole environment. Dr Jumani pointed out the most common forms of mental illnesses which are panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mood disorders.

Dr Tahir Khalily, principal organizer of the conference said that such conferences will provide opportunities for academician, researchers and clinicians in the promotion of scientific and research activities to meet the 21st century challenges.  He said that earthquake and flood have effect the general health of people particularly mental health and it is increasing rapidly. He further said that mental health issues in adults might be as common as in child and adolescent population. On the violence and aggression in society, Dr. Khalily said that it is a complex phenomenon in Pakistani society, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Dr Seema Gul, Chairperson Department of Psychology said the international moot on mental health will help the students to aware about the psychological & mental health issues of others and self as well. She said that total 111 scholars present research papers during the conference and shared research findings with the students.