life completely changed when she learned that a loved one was believed to
have the most dreaded mental illness, schizophrenia. As a psychologist, she
felt helpless to improve the quality of life for the affected individual or
the parents. Neither medication nor counseling can provide what is most
needed in these cases - rehabilitation, learning life skills, social
interaction, and communication.
None of the centers she looked into offered real, practical answers. She
decided to do it herself, founding the Turning Point center and designing
its entire program. Where other centers offered bookbinding or pickle making
as occupational therapy, she launched a computer training program for mental
patients, the first of its kind in Calcutta.
Her programs have garnered international praise, usually accompanied by
astonishment that she has done all this without funding. She is recognized
as a pioneer in making patients more responsible. Her paper on the role of
responsibility in mental treatment has been adopted by the WFSAD Conference
(World Fellowships for Schizophrenia and Related Disorders).
Turning Point's first conference took up the subject of caring for the
caregiver. Under her leadership the first parent group was formed in
Calcutta, a precursor to the present trend toward family acceptance and
contribution as an alternative to institutionalization.
Ishita has arranged a number of awareness programs on mental health, and
plans to start a mental health quiz program at Swabhumi.
In addition to all these activities, she is a regular columnist at the
Telegraph, working to promote broad public awareness and understanding of
mental health issues.
Post Graduation in Social Therapy from ESI, New York
Graduation in Psychology
Honours. Secured 2nd Position in the University.
Post Graduation in
Counseling & Psychotherapy
Director of a documentary “ from Dusk to Dawn”
attached to B.N.R. Central Hospital, Garden reach for a year from 1997-1998.
Founder Director of a new NGO – Turning Point in 1998.It is the first
organization which provided Rehabilitation & counseling services for the persons suffering from mental illness.
Started a new center
–Disha at 2000.
Columnist in Times of
India for 2 years.
Expert eye /
freelancer in Telegraph & some other magazines.
Columnist in TTIS
Columnist in Bengali
Writer & Editor of
the Book ABUJH MON, which was highly appreciated by Nabanita Dev Sen & Sunil
As the Founder
Secretary of Turning Point, main fields of work is content development ,
report writing & administrative works for Turning Point
Details of works at
Administrative, entrepreneurship development programme for mentally ill
persons, writing projects, application for funds, making arrangement for
awareness programmes, Conducting them, Mental health conferences, networking
between different organisations not only nationally but internationally.
Building groups & resources in as low cost as possible for promoting
awareness programmes & self Help groups.
including day-to-day running, problem identification, finding solutions,
decision making and other HRD issues like conflict resolution, training,
guiding and stimulating interest amongst staff.
Intersectoral coordination with governmental, non-governmental and private
organisations. Intellectual competence—learning and processing new
information, analyzing problems and new situations, and exercising sound
judgment. Leadership skills—motivating, influencing, and providing direction
to others and interacting and cooperating with others to achieve common
goals with Team skills are the other areas that I have developed.
The Communication skills
with effective articulation my thoughts and ideas and proactively listening
to others with prioritization skills in organizing, planning and juggling
multiple priorities and assignments to maximize productivity with customer
service focus in developing, maintaining, and ensuring the high quality of
client or customer relationships are some of the acquired skills other than
the technical skills of acquiring and using specific knowledge of the
technical tools required for such positions.
Cost saving innovative
approaches in facility planning, Program & event management.
The day to day
upgradation of my knowledge & research findings have been recognised
worldwide as I presented a number of papers in both National & International
Received David Feinsilver
Award as the best research paper in 2003.
Fields of Work at Disha
Career counseling &
understanding of Human Potentialities & Human Behavior through Psychometric
corporate houses, Government offices & Private sectors for -
Development of performance
Development of Self Esteem & Self Confidence
Involvement & the pleasure of work
Performance Review Skills
Self Awareness skills together with self control strategies
Personal Counseling where needed
Increasing Personal Effectiveness of the Human Resources of an organisation
specific modules according to the individual need of the corporate houses.
Psychometric Assessment of the personality pattern & guidance to the
management for the best possible utilization of manpower in industries.
development & utilization
Research works &
assessment on factors affecting Human Behavior
Feinsilver Award as the best research paper in 2003 It is an International
Award given to the best research papers in two years.
UGC-CEC Educational Video Competition Awards as Best Programme in Social
Rashtriya Gaurav Award
Acting as Consultant
Have adequate knowledge
of Computer & internet
Doing research works on
Rehabilitation work for
Chronically mentally ill person.
Facilitating & managing
Initiating Debate, Quiz
Acting as Director NAMI,
Eastern Region, India.
Acting as Director ISPS,
India - an International Organisation.
Acting as Volunteer in
Member of WFSAD
Publication & Papers:
Published a number of
papers in both National & International Conferences.
Papers & works have been
highly appreciated in Japan, London, Australia, Paris, Netherland, Madrid.
FEINSILVER AWARD, as the best research paper in 2003.
Published a book Abujh
Recently writing a chapter in an international book on Psychotherapy in India.
Writing a chapter in another book to be published by World Health Organisation.
1.Member of WFSAD
2.Member of NFMI
5.Member of Mental
Health Forum, Kolkata
6.Associated with CCJ,
Committee of Concerned Journalist
Proficient in Computer
applications & Information Technology literate.
UN online volunteer.
Actively associated with
the Retired Persons.
Community works related to mental Health
Actively involved in
promoting Anti Stigma Programme designed for mental illness.
Worked with the
President of WFSAD, Mr. Jim Crowe
Have participated in
International Conferences & presented papers there.
Have participated in
International meetings organised by NHS on National Health Policy throughout
Done Awareness programme
on mental health at Afghanistan.
Psychotherapy in concept change within a culture-India.
Reducing parental overload & emotional burden by formation of self help
group & taking part in fighting stigma.
Child Abuse - The main
cause to all mental illness.
parental overload & emotional burden by formation of self help group &
taking part in fighting stigma.
Fast life, Competition
leads to frustration, Losing friend & being a loner in the effect of Today’s
Stress & loneliness in the youth of developing countries.
insomnia, controlling body & mind through Autosuggestion
A Creative &
Comprehensive Play Therapy Approach for New Millennium children.
Empowering the impaired
through the appropriate use of Information Technology and Internet.
Family Empowerment -
A New Road Ahead
Responsibility, Reward & Rehabilitation- the three R’s to success.
The Challenge of Psycho Social Rehabilitation
in the coming Years
Mental Health of Women
1 I like work that is both creative & challenging
2.I like to have some change &
new avenues in my work in coming years.
3.I like multifunctional
activities in my life.
4.Utilising my interactive &
communication skills through new avenues in future.
5. Like to develop entrepreneurs from persons who are different, who are
neglected, who will like to start their own livelihood.