Bengaluru, Nov 10: Abraham Lincoln battled severe depression while Beethoven was tormented by manic depression. The famous Kannada dramatist Samsa suffered from paranoia. All this goes to show that everyone has potential to do great things and all we need is a little support.
Cadabam"s group of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Centres organised Anvesha 2008 on Saturday, Nov 10 a talent meet to create a forum for people with mental disorders to realise their potential.
The spread of awareness regarding the issues faced by the community were brought to light. Sunil M.R, physician at Cadabam"s, pointed out that there were a lot of events conducted to foster the growth of the physically challenged, however not much has been done for those with mental disorders.
Events were as varied as chess, folk dance, anthakshari, rangoli and best-out-of-waste. Sumnesh Chandavarkar, a patient at Cadabam, participating in the folk dance competition said, “I am glad to be part of this competition. I have been with the institution for seven years and my confidence has increased a lot. It is a clean environment for us to develop ourselves and recover. I want more institutions to participate in such events as it is a good place to meet other students from different places."
The fight was tough with teams from various institutions battling it out for the Anvesha Rolling Trophy 2008. After a lot of deliberation on the matter this year"s award was shared between two teams: 'Asha' from Richmond Fellowship Society and 'Amitha' from Cadabam"s Psychosocial Rehabilitation Centre.