Sixth Annual Conference of Mental Health and Media- 2016
The sixth annual conference "Mental Health and Media" with an emphasis on education and prevention of mental disorders in children and the role of the media in this area, was held on 16 and 17 February, 2016.


Sixth Annual Scientific Conference on Mental Health and Media was held in the amphitheater of Roozbeh Hospital on Tuesday 16 and 17 February, 2016.
 Dr. Ayyazi, executive secretary of this conference and executive secretary of UNESCO Chair said that the conference was held with the efforts of UNESCO Chair and cooperation of the Iranian Psychiatric Association. “From the first nine priorities of UNESCO, mental health is in the first place and the programs that are offered during this two-day conference are the results of the Scientific Committee during the last year” Ayyazi said.


Children as the most vulnerable age group
“The priorities of UNESCO chair in health education are mental health, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, injuries and accidents, diabetes, asthma and allergies, AIDS, the environment and addiction.” Dr. Moin, chair of the Sixth Annual Scientific Conference on Mental Health and Media said. He mentioned children as the most vulnerable age group in all physical, mental and social diseases. “About one billion children in the world suffer from extreme poverty. Globally, 650 million children live in absolute poverty (living with less than a dollar per day) and deprived of basic needs.” He added. “Childhood is the period of growing, play, vitality, learning, and growing talents and children need warm, calm and responsible citizenship in the society” Dr. Moin said. Dr. Moin said that experiences of early childhood are not kept in the same period and these experiences show their effects throughout life and even to death.
 
Media as the double-edged blade
Doctor mentioned the breadth and diversity of media and their impact on the general public, including children and youth. “Media influences the view of people rather than just increasing the information and preventing its harmful influences is not simply applicable through filtering. However, media can have beneficial effects by educational programs, raising awareness, professional skills and intellectual abilities as well as ameliorating social relationships.” Dr. Moin declared. Ethnic diversity of Iranian society is an opportunity rather than a threat and gender, disability, age, poverty, ethnicity and religion are the determining factors of the most vulnerable part of the society.


Rahman Institute and its activities
Head of the conference introduced Rahman Institute as a NGO and pointed to studies and researches of this institute. “Report of Iran's social status and social status of women in Iran include these publications.” Dr. Moin said. He pointed to Iran's signing of the Convention on the Rights of Children. “Countries that signed the Convention, pledged to establish a national institution for the protection of children's rights. In the Rahman institute, it took two years to see which national institution would defend the children’s rights. Following that, the National Child Protection Agency was unveiled about a month and a half ago.” Dr. Moin declared.
 
Fading family relationship
Dr. Jalili, head of Iran Psychiatric Association expressed the history of the media evolution from old radios to tablets and smart phones. “Communication between people in the family is very important in children’s development. However, family gathering and exchange of ideas and communication have been decreased with advanced digital equipments.” He said. “The change in the hours of sleep in the world, including in our country, is the effect of the expansion of these media. If in a family, even one or two people are used to sleep late because the usage of these devices, this sleep pattern will be extended to other family members. Insomnia during useful sleep hours and sleepiness during the day will damage physical and mental health.” Dr. Jalili declared
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