Society for Mental Health in LAMIC

Guwahati, India

Promotion of behavioural science in low and middle-income countries (LAMIC) is what the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) strives for and to move ahead in this endeavour, SoMHiL has collaborated with Project ECHO.

The ongoing ‘ARCANA-ECHO Internship program’, consisting of 12 weekly sessions, trains psychologists. The sessions follow the ECHO model of training through case-based discussions and updates on clinical guidelines and best practices. They are didactic and interactive. 20 to 25 participants attend each session. The experts at these sessions are clinical psychologist, psychiatric social worker, and psychiatrist from SoMHiL.

‘Global Psychiatry: A LAMIC Perspective’ is another ongoing collaborative initiative of SoMHiL and Project ECHO where global experts are speaking on COVID-related scenario from their respective country experiences. The experts till now are Linda B. Cottler from the United States, Partha Choudhury from the United Kingdom, Leslie Marneau from France, Unaiza Niaz from Pakistan, and Russell Franco D’Souza from Australia.

The Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS) is edited by Shyamanta Das and published by Academy Publisher in collaboration with SoMHiL on behalf of Academia Dysphrenia.

"Rivers, oceans, hills, mountains, melting glaciers, geological fault lines… cultures, religions, beliefs… among the multitude of things that constantly strive to fragmentise our world, material wealth, and the procurement of it, is a factor of ‘nouveau’ magnitude. Income of the citizens of a nation shapes the destiny of the future population. So does knowledge."

On the basis of the monetary income of citizens, countries have been grouped into LAMIC, i.e. Low And Middle-Income Countries, and Non-LAMIC (high-income countries), for the ease of World Bank’s funding policies. Categorisation inadvertently leads to restrictive divides, which permeate into the various spheres that shape a nation’s destiny.

With a zealous dream, OJPAS® strives to bridge across such chasms between Non-LAMIC and LAMIC, in the area of knowledge of psychiatry and allied sciences - let the bridge be laid with the stones of shared knowledge of mental health researchers of LAMIC and Non-LAMIC alike.