Padma Bhushan Dr Mamballaikalathil Sarada Menon, India’s 1st woman Psychiatrist and the longest-serving head of the Institute of Mental Health has passed away. She was born in a Malayali family in Mangaluru, Karnataka. She was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1992 for social works.
Some facts about Dr Sarada Menon:
- Dr M Sarada Menon started her career as a Psychiatrist in the Institute of Mental Health (then known as Government Mental Hospital) in Kilpauk, Chennai in 1959.
- She became the 1st woman Superintendent of the Institute of Mental Health in 1961.
- She established the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF India) in 1984 along with psychiatrist R Thara.
- She also founded ASHA, a community-based platform supporting the families of those affected by mental illnesses.