IMA to organise a public health awareness webcast in association with Heart Care Foundation of India from 3:30 - 4 pm every Thursday An extension of its on-going weekly webcast for medical professionals, which is attended by over 5000 doctors every week The first consumer awareness webcast on ‘Depression’ to be held in association with Psychiatrist and Trustee of the Live Love Laugh Foundation – Dr Shyam Bhat on May 19, 2016 New Delhi, May 17, 2016: The Indian Medical Association in partnership with National NGO Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) in a first of its kind initiative will be conducting weekly webcasts every Thursday from 3:30-4pm to raise preventive health awareness amongst the general public. Any person from around the globe can log on to these webcasts by visiting the IMA, HCFI or IJCP Group’s websites. They can also post their questions online or send a text message to 9811090206, 9810118256 and have them answered live. The first public awareness webcast will be held in association with The Live Love Laugh Foundation - an NGO founded by actress Deepika Padukone that seeks to champion the cause of mental health in India with a focus on depression in particular. Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal – President HCFI & Honorary Secretary General IMA will discuss with Dr Shyam Bhatt, Psychiatrist and Trustee, of TLLLF; the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment of depression. This initiative is an extension of IMA's weekly webcasts, which are conducted for its 2.5-lakh doctor members in association with healthcare startup EmediNexus with an aim of updating their knowledge emerging health issues. The webcasts have been attracting an audience of over 5000 doctors every week over the past six months. Speaking about the same, Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal – Honorary Secretary General IMA & President HCFI said, "After the success of the weekly webcasts for doctors, we will be opening up the last 30 minutes of the webcasts to the general public. This will give people the unique opportunity to learn from and interact with experts from across specialities and fields. The topic for the first public webcast will be ‘Dispelling common taboos and the stigma around mental health. Speaking to us will be none other than Dr Shyam Bhat, Psychiatrist and Trustee of TLLLF. We hope that through this initiative, we can help raise mass awareness about important health issues impacting the population overall and the importance of prevention and timely diagnosis and treatment. In the past, the webcast faculty has included experts such as Dr Sanjiv Chopra – Professor Harvard Medical College, Dr Praveer Agarwal, Director Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Padma Shri Awardee Dr Yash Gulati, Joint Replacement and Spine Surgeon - Apollo Hospital and Dr Harit Chaturvedi - Chairman, Max Institute of Oncology. To watch the live webcast, please log on to - http://www.ima-india.org/imalive/ http://www.ima-india.org/ http://bit.do/hcfilivetv http://bit.do/hcfilive.