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International Conference on Mental Health – Coping with Mental Health

10 October, 2019 - 11 October, 2019









Holistic Healing Foundation of India (HHFI) is a non-profit organization which has been healing and providing relief to several individuals, families, businesses and communities for their overall development and progress in life for over three decades using various alternative healing modalities.

World Federation for Mental health (WFMH, 1948), a global mental health organization declared October 10 each year as Mental Health day. According to (WHO, 2018) the Mental health workforce in India (per 100,000 population) include psychiatrists (0.3), nurses (0.12), psychologists (0.07) and social workers (0.07). If the workforce involved is so less, imagine how minimal the awareness of mental health is! Mental illness has been on the rise all over the world. More alarming is the fact that the WHO declared India as the suicide capital in 2012.

To address this alarming issue HHFI has scheduled an International Conference on Mental Health on October 10 & 11, 2019.

According to WHO, “Mental Health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community." Hence mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder.

Mental Health in India:

In India, WHO estimates that the burden of mental health problems is of the tune of 2,443 DALYs per 100,000 population, and the age-adjusted suicide rate per 100,000 population is 21.1. It is estimated that, in India, the economic loss, due to mental health conditions, from 2012-2030, will be 1.03 trillion dollars. Thus mental health is extremely crucial and adequate care has to be undertaken to ensure good positive mental health.

Objectives of the Conference:

The conference aims at bringing practitioners (psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, and alternative health experts), academicians, researchers, students and others concerned, to discuss and debate about therapeutic tools and techniques for combating mental health issues.

It will facilitate participants to expand their capacity by providing them with an opportunity for cross-disciplinary learning and knowledge sharing.

Subtheme 1: Importance of Mental Health and its Determinants

Multiple social, psychological, and biological level factors at external level such as Social relationships, Employment status, Socioeconomic, Life events (traumatic), Nutrition,

Isolation and Injury; and internal level factors such as Genetics, Thoughts and Feelings, Hormones, Physical health, Personality and Immune system determine the level of mental health of a person at any point of time.

Biological risk factors:

  • Genetic Vulnerability
  • Depression
  • Poor response to medication due to genetic factors
  • Poor sleep
  • Long term substance use

Psychological risk factors:

  • Rumination
  • Impaired reasoning and memory
  • Stress
  • Poor self-efficacy

Social Risk factors:

  • Disorganised attachment
  • Loss of a significant relationship

Subtheme 2: Mental Health Stigma and its impact and influence on people
Even today people are labelled and seen by their disease and not as human beings. People suffering from mental health issues are often labelled as being violent, harmful and are often avoided; however because of their issues they are the ones needing maximum help. Society does not look favourably even upon practitioners helping people with mental health issues. Here education and awareness are the best ways to challenge stigma and break the stereotypical beliefs connected with it.

It is therefore essential to focus on developmental stages:

  • Preadolescence: The stage of human development following early childhood and preceding adolescence.
  • Adolescents: Stage when the child develops into an adult.
  • Mid-life: Also known as middle age is the period between 45-60 years of an individual.
  • Aged: The period post 60 years.

A person’s professional life also has an impact on mental health such as:

  • Specific work environment: Negative work environment leads to mental and physical health problems.
  • Shift work: Has been linked to increased health risks.

Subtheme 3: Resolution of Mental Health issues via Healing / Treatment

Most of us to think that mental health recovery is just temporary. However research has shown high recovery rate via therapy/treatment. The results may vary from case to case as per gravity. The basic guiding force here is hope and belief that it is possible to progress ahead in life.

Positive Psychology Factors:
Positive emotions such as hope, optimism, gratitude and happiness can play a crucial role in mental health.

Healing and treatment highlight various forms of alternative modalities, psychological therapies, psychiatric help and medication for treatment and recovery. Besides these various dimensions and issues related to caregiving, wellbeing and spirituality are also important.

Important Dates:

Submission of Abstract 30th September, 2019
Submission of Full Paper 30th September, 2019
Submission of Final Poster 30th September, 2019
Registration Date 30th September, 2019


Poster submission guidelines:

  • The poster needs to be in a landscape orientation with 36 inch height and 48 inch width.
  • The poster has to be printed on flex and needs to be submitted at 9:00 am on 10 October, 2019 at the conference itself.
  • The final design and theme of the poster need to be emailed (maximum size of 1 MB) in JPG or PDF format to mail@hhfi.in

Papers submission guidelines:
The authors are requested to submit their manuscripts in English in single column as per the following guidelines. Manuscripts must be original, unpublished and free from plagiarism.

File Word processed file ( .doc / .docx / .rtf)
Size A4
Margin Normal – 1” / 2.54 cm on all the four sides
Font Times New Roman
Font Size 12
Line Space 1.5
Limit 4000 words excluding abstract and reference


The cover page must include title, name of author(s) and biographical statement, institutional affiliation of approximately 50 words or less. The paper needs to be submitted on mail@hhfi.in.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

An abstract of maximum 250 words should be submitted on mail@hhfi.in along with 3-5 keywords separated by semi-colon.

Conference Registration Fees:

Early bird Till 30th September, 2019 Institution sponsored - Rs 2000 Professionals - Rs 1000 Students - Rs 700
After 30th September, 2019 Institution sponsored - Rs 2500 Professionals - Rs 1500 Students - Rs 900


Thank you for the overwhelming response!

We are delighted to inform you that with 120 plus scientific papers, posters and 380 plus participants, we have closed registrations for the International Mental Health Conference on October 10 & 11, 2019.

However, if you still wish to reach us, please contact us here


Holistic Healing Foundation of India

E: mail@hhfi.in

M: +91 98258 44555 / +91 75730 66777

Inaugural & Valedictory Function:

Senate Hall
Gujarat University
Ahmedabad - 380 009

Paper Presentation

Psychology Department
Gujarat University
Ahmedabad - 380 009


10 October, 2019
11 October, 2019


Gujarat University
Gujarat University, Navrangpura
Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009 India
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