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India’s 1st Woman Psychiatrist Sarada Menon passes away

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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.

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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.

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