Tezpur: The District Legal Services Authority of Sonitpur organized a day-long workshop on ‘Drug and alcohol abuse and tendering the adolescents to prevent substance abuse’ at Lokapriyo Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health (LGBRIMH), Tezpur campus on Monday. This programme was held under the aegis of Assam State Legal Services Authority, Guwahati, in collaboration with LGBRIMH, Tezpur. The programme was premeditated for the professors and high school teachers of Tezpur town and its surrounding colleges and schools, where around 50 participants took part.
The programme was inaugurated with the welcome address by Achma Rahman, secretary of District Legal Services Authority, Sonitpur in the presence of District and Session Judge, Indira Barman, Satya Nath Sarma, member secretary, Assam State Legal Services Authority, Dr. SK Deuri, Director, Lokapriyo Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health and the other delegates representing various government departments. In her welcome address, Achma Rahman emphasized the importance of such programmes to overcome the menace of drugs and alcohol abuse among adolescents. The welcome address was followed by a video presentation highlighting the need of the workshop and later Anjal Kumar Dutta, Project Coordinator, Assam State Legal Services Authority, briefed about the aim and objectives of the workshop.
Speaking to the occasion, chief guest Satya Nath Sarma, member secretary of ASLSA, expressed his concern over the current scenario on drug and alcohol threat and stressed the importance of understanding psychology of teenage children. He also appealed to the participants present there to be very sensible and to act responsibly towards mentally ill persons.
Attending the programme, Dr SK Deuri spoke about the role of teachers and government departments for an effective joint effort to end this social stigma. The workshop was carried forward by various important topics such as understanding psychology of teenage children, mental health in current scenario, alcohol and drug abuse and preventive measures, by professors and psychologists who acted as resource persons for the workshop.