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Dr. Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) had been invited as a resource person in one of the reputed schools in Guwahati “Army Public School” to deliver a talk to the primary, high school, and higher secondary school teachers on various issues related to students’ emotional, behavioural, and academic issues which are a matter of concern in today’s world. She had administered a scale regarding the teachers’ knowledge, attitude, perception, and belief towards mental illnesses. There were altogether 96 teachers and they were taught various strategies to identify normal “difficult” behaviour, problem behaviour, and pathological behaviour among students. The intervention strategies to deal with depression, anxiety, addiction to social networking, gaming, sleep hygiene, too much socialising, lack of motivation in academics were received very positively. The relationship between teacher-student was focused for the academic success of the students. The teachers’ expressed the great need for understanding a child’s mind from a child’s perspective and reiterated their belief on positive communication. The Principal Mrs. Prabha Dastidar expressed her enthusiasm to apply the skills learnt in the seminar and expressed her appreciation towards the speaker for a comprehensive presentation.
Leslie Marneau, Clinical Psychologist and Consultant on Mental Health and Autistic Spectrum Disorders joins the Editorial Board of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®). She is from France.
After her Master of Psychology of Child Development from the University Paris, she had University Degree on Developmental Disorder from the same university. Leslie also holds Professional Development Training Certificate, France as well as had undergone Humanitarian Project Management and Design from BioForce Institut.
Her professional experiences include Psychosocial Desk in French Red-Cross where she formalises data collection tool and database on Excel as well as offers training for psychosocial activities in Cameroun, Severe Acute Malnutrition Program. Leslie is consultant trainer in mental health, France, Laos, Thailand. She is founder and manager of “A Bus for Autism” (Development and Research on care for ASD in South East Asia). In Vientiane Autism Centre, Laos, Leslie looks after proposal and project management of “Diagnostic Clinic” where her work covers diagnostic consultations and assessments for children, training of staff, training of trainers. She is psychologist in France, Spain, Laos, Thailand. In addition, Leslie does management and coordination, short term respite care for adults with special needs.
She participated in the International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorder, World Health Organization, Shuchona Fondation, Buthan (2017), International Journal of Child Development Conference, Rajanagarindra Institute, Thailand (2016), and Conference on Traditional Thai Medicine for Developmental Disorder, Rajanagarindra Institute, Thailand (2015).
Leslie authored “Adaptation of assessment for autism in countries with lower income”, published in the International Journal of Child Development and Mental Health as well as the Guest Editorial, titled “About some problems in the epidemiological studies of autism”, published in OJPAS®.
“Hinari Programme set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables low- and middle- income countries to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of biomedical and health literature.”
The Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®), formerly Dysphrenia is now in Hinari (http://extranet.who.int/hinari/en/browse_publisher.php?n=100000&all=true&pub=86).