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  • Maharishi Residential International School, Chennai wins ‘PSYCH-ED 2019’ Zonal Finals

    Published on August 22, 2019

    Chennai:  Maharishi Residential International School, Chennai won the Zonal Finals of the 4th edition of the national psychology quiz programme ‘PSYCH-ED, 2019’ today which was conducted at Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road.  Out of 700 schools who participated, 12 schools qualified for the zonal round out of which Maharishi Residential International School, Chennai entered the national finals. The first runner up was Sri Kumaran Children’s Home CBSE, Bengaluru and second runner up was Bethany Junior College, Bengaluru.


    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 earlier today. 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.


    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 juxtaposition between theory and practicality. We will be using testing tools such as crosswords, audio-visual elements, buzzer rounds and rapid fires. The quiz will challenge 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.”

    Department of Mental Health and Behavioral 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.