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NIMHANS Heritage Museum – Ode to Mental Health

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Mental Health has come into the forefront in the pandemic, and this is an aspect that is more relevant now than ever before and this museum plays a perfect ode to this sentiment.

Did you know that the Stanford Binet intelligence scale measures abilities in seven categories including reasoning, memory, social intelligence, conceptual numerical reasoning, and visual motors? Or that the Goldstein-Scheerer Tests of Abstract and Concrete Thinking was developed in 1941 to examine the investigating capacity of abstract thinking and categorization and that pressure Transducers are used in anesthesia machines for medical, health and safety equipment in medical gas applications?

Infographics at the NIMHANS Heritage Museum
Infographics at the NIMHANS Heritage Museum

Well neither did I till I headed to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) Heritage Museum in Bengaluru to celebrate the Institute’s 170-year history even as it throws light on how it is working to help people recover from mental illness by removing the stigma attached to it. And what better time than now in the COVID-19 era, where mental wellness has come to the forefront?

It is on a whim that I head to the NIMHANS Heritage museum and it took me a few minutes to realise that it was probably the best decision I took. It helped that I was here on a day when I had the whole place to myself, so I could explore the different aspects of the museum at my own pace.

With a vision to be a world leader around mental health and neurosciences and evolve state of the art approaches to care through translation research and trained human resources, NIMHANS is the definitive name in mental health that has gained huge traction especially post the pandemic.

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