SUMANA – An Initiative For Mental Health Awareness, Training & Research

Certificate Course

Adolescent Well-Being & Life Skills by SUMANA & STEPS4WELLBEING


* Role Play Sessions * Hands On Training

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Course Details

* 8 hours online training: 16th July- 31st July 2022 * In- person workshop at Bengaluru (6th August 2022)

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Course Faculty: Dr. Srikala Bharath

Last date for applications: July 5th 2022

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About Us

SUMANA is a registered not for profit organisation started by a team of dedicated mental health professionals with the goal of

⦁ Promoting mental health awareness in the general population about early prevention and identification of mental health disorders. We believe that stigma against mental health issues is the biggest barrier to reducing burden of mental illness in the country. The only way to overcome this is to tackle this stigma is by reaching out to the community and spread awareness on mental health issues. ⦁ To train mental health professionals and other medical professionals in skills for early identification and primary care intervention of common mental disorders. ⦁ To promote collaborative research at the community level with a view to enhancing mental health care delivery from a public health perspective.


⦁ SUMANA conducts an annual conference for psychiatry postgraduate students “ Skills Training Exercise for Psychiatry Postgraduates” since 2016. This aims at imparting essential clinical skills to budding mental health professionals with a view to capacity building. This program has gained popularity over the years and is conducted in two cities Bengaluru and Pune since 2019.

⦁   It also runs an online portal ( called “Training Initiative for Psychiatry Postgraduates” which provides a platform to connect over 700 postgraduate student members from India and other SAAARC countries. ⦁ Mental health and Youth: SUMANA runs a School mental health program with a view to spreading awareness, early identification and primary prevention of suicide by enabling mental health in adolescents and young adults ⦁ Spreading awareness on mental health issues through popular and social media by radio talks, newspaper articles, blogs ⦁ ‘Manaswi ’  a Community mental health program by SUMANA aims at providing primary mental health services in the rural community

Management Team


Dr Sugnyani Devi Patil MD & PDF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (NIMHANS) Consultant Psychiatrist Manoshanti, Dharwad

Vice Chairman

Dr Rishikesh Behere MD Psychiatry (NIMHANS) Consultant Psychiatrist Manoshanti, Pune


Dr Girish Babu N MD Psychiatry (NIMHANS) Associate Professor, Psychiatry SDM Medical College, Dharwad

Contact us

 Above Adarsh Traders,Haliyal Naka, Narayanapur Dharwad – 580008,Karnataka,India Ph : 0836 2976054 E-mail : Trust Registration Number : DWR-4-00167-2016-17