Sajida Foundation in partnership with Purnava Ltd. organised a day-long Health and Wellness Fair focusing on mental health and comprehensive well-being on April 15, 2017, at the BRAC Centre. The fair launched SAJIDA’s Psychosocial Counseling Centre in Banani called Inner Circle which offers a range of psychosocial counseling, training and workshops and innovative therapeutic services through a team of qualified and experienced counselors and trainers.
Ekushey Padak award winner and Managing Director of Asiatic 360 Sara Zaker and Group Operations Director of Asiatic 360 Sriya Sharbojoya – both celebrated actors of stage and screen launched Inner Circle and inaugurated the Health and Wellness Fair which included various innovative and therapeutic psychological activities conducted by Inner Circle, discussions with expert speakers, yoga and poetry presentation.
Distinguished guest speakers at the Fair included Dr Mehtab Khanam, Professor & Chairperson Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, Dhaka University; Dr Helal Uddin, Assistant Professor, Department of Child Adolescent & Family Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health, Secretary General , Bangladesh Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health (BACAMH); Dr Sabina Faiz Rashid, Professor & Dean, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University; Monira Rahman, Country Leader, Mental Health First Aid Bangladesh, Former Executive Director, Acid Survivor’s Foundation; Dr Ashique Selim, Adult Psychiatrist, Addiction Psychiatrist, MBBS, MRCPsych, Member of The Royal College of Psychiatrist, UK; Nissim Jan Sajid, M.A., Ed.M, Psychological Counselor, Trainer, and Consultant; Rubaiya Ahmad, Founder, Obhoyaronno – Bangladesh Animal Welfare Foundation, Mental Health First Aid Provider; and Catrima Gabrielle, Master Practitioner, NLP, UK, Intuitive Therapist and Remote Viewer.
Anika Rabbani from Yoganika conducted yoga for participants and poetry performers from Ampersand presented poetry related to mental health. Other activities included clay therapy through Clay Station, basic health check-ups by Sajida Foundation Hospitals and an assortment of healthy, vegan food.
The sessions were followed by music from popular musicians Shayan (Farzana Wahid), Samir Obaid and a “healing circle” by Armeen Musa.
The event was held on the month observing World Health Day which this year focused on mental health. The Fair engaged experts and practitioners from the field of healthcare to collaboratively promote health and wellness, with a special focus on mental health. Inner Circle which is a progressive and innovative Psychosocial Counseling and Wellbeing Centre offers a range of activities in addition to counseling and training for improving mental health among adults and adolescents. In the near future, the Centre will also reach out to children with special needs with specialized and modern therapies.