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Fortis Memorial Research Institute Hosts The ‘PSYCH-ED 2019’ Zonal Finals

Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram organized the zonal finals for the 4th edition of its National Psychology Quiz Program, ‘PSYCH-ED 2019’ yesterday. 12 schools from Delhi-NCR competed for entry into the national finals.

Psych-ED, the national level annual psychology quiz by for school students organized by Fortis Healthcare, saw a participation of more than 4000 teams from 700 schools in its 4th edition held yesterday. As the online round of Psych-ED went live, more than 10,000 participants from over 200 cities across India participated in the quiz simultaneously. The quiz is designed for students from Class XI & XII, aiming to test their knowledge of Psychology and its concepts. The quiz was conceptualized and executed under the aegis of Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare Limited.  The objective of the quiz is to impart learning while ensuring that the subject remains engaging and fun for the students.

The initiative is supported by GD Goenka University, Project CACA, Gracia Raina Foundation, Rupa Publications, Intex, Skybags and Gaana.

The schools that qualified for the Delhi-NCR Zonal Finals were Manav Sthali School, Rajinder Nagar, Delhi; Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura, Delhi; The Shri Ram School Aravali, Gurugram; Suncity School, Gurugram; Delhi Public School, Noida; DLF Public School, Ghaziabad; St. Marks Sr. Sec. School, Janakpuri;  Bal Bharati Public School, Rohini, Delhi; Birla Vidya Niketan Pushp Vihar, Delhi; Blue Bells Model School, Gurugram; Delhi Public School, R K Puram, Delhi and K L International School, Meerut. The team comprising Avantika Khanna, Shaurya Sinha and Rohan Khanna from The Shri Ram School Aravali, Gurugram was declared Delhi-NCR zonal champion.  

Speaking on this unique initiative, Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences at Fortis Healthcare said, “The quiz presents students with the opportunity to hone their ability in objectively creating a juxtaposition between theory and practicality. We will be using testing tools such as crosswords, audio-visual elements, buzzer rounds and rapid fires. It challenges teams to step outside their comfort zones and dig deep into their knowledge and understanding of the human mind. The purpose of our efforts is to advocate for a much larger cause – sensitization of the masses with respect to good mental health. In this perilous time, where suicides and mental health illnesses are at the forefront of India’s healthcare crisis – it is important to make people aware. As professionals in this field, we need to give these tabooed and stigmatised issues a platform on which they can be showcased without any filters.”

Rimjhim Jairath, Teacher and Mentor, The Shri Ram School, Aravali, Gurugram shared her experience, “Quiz was very challenging, and it pushed the kids to explore different concepts beyond the course books. Overall it was a very good experience for us, it was a pleasure to participate in such an exciting quiz. This is very innovative and unorthodox way to provide students with a platform to learn more about psychology, and we are doing our best to mentor all participating schools in the national finals at Delhi.”

The team from The Shri Ram School, Aravali shared, “It is great to win as zonal champion of Delhi-NCR region. We feel privileged to represent our school at the prestigious Psych-Ed quiz platform. We thank our teacher and mentor, Ms Rimjhim, as well as the team at Fortis Healthcare who have guided us at every step to perform well. All of us look forward to giving our best at the national finals.”

Dr. Ritu Garg, Zonal Director, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram felicitated the winners. On the occasion, she said, “Our region still has a long way to go as far as education about mental health is concerned and what better way than engaging the young minds through a psychology quiz competition! Not only does it help students understand the basic concepts of psychology, it also helps them gain out-of-the-book insights on this much tabooed subject. The response this year has been extremely encouraging and we hope to reach out to many younger minds in the next season. Congratulations to the winners and our best wishes to all the teams at the national final.”

Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare

The Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences at Fortis Healthcare is an integrated mental healthcare system comprising a multidisciplinary team of experts including psychiatrists, clinical and counselling psychologists, art and movement-based therapists, psycho-oncologists, remedial experts, psychodynamic psychotherapists, organizational behavior psychologists and sport psychologists. Led by Dr. Samir Parikh, Director, Fortis National Mental Health Program, it is the one of the few multi-city multi-centric comprehensive mental health programme in the world, with a presence in 24 centers across Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Mohali, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jaipur and Udaipur. With a key focus on preventive and positive mental health, the department runs the Fortis School Mental Health Program, which is completely free of cost to schools. The Fortis Stress Helpline (8376804102) is a 24 X 7 helpline run by a multilingual team of mental health professionals in order to support individuals experiencing emotional distress. – MB Bureau