Dr. Harish Shetty is a practicing Psychiatrist with a postgraduate degree in Psychological Medicine and a post graduate diploma in Comparative mythology from Bombay University. He finished his schooling at St Xavier’s High School [Vile Parle] .After finishing his Inter Science from Parle College [Vile Parle]he completed his MBBS, DPM and MD from T. N. Medical College and Seth G. S. Medical College respectively. Dr Shetty worked in the field of Yoga and Mental Health under the illustrious Professor Dr. N. S. Vahia for 12 years and also obtained rich experience in various areas of mental health work. He was appointed a consultant at the Sevadhan De-addiction center and the National Addiction Research Center [Govt. of India funded] in 1989. He served at both these centres till 2000. Dr. Harish Shetty has immense experience in School Mental Health and has conducted workshops for students, teachers, School Heads & the Non teaching staff for more than two decades. He is in an educational institution every week. He has aided in championing the rights of the children across all his life.
His petition with the Maharashtra Human Rights Commission to abolish the ‘Segregation‘ practiced in schools i.e. separating children by virtue of marks and dumping those who score less in a separate division in schools was accepted and the Segregation was abolished. A letter sent by to the CJ Bombay high court also was taken suo moto and Segregation abolished in schools (2006). His latest petition in 2015 in the BOMBAY HIGH COURT on Learning Disabilities has facilitated the starting of Learning Disability Detection Centers in every district of Maharashtra. This is an ongoing petition that aims at building systems for children with learning disabilities across the country. All the Boards are party to the same. Dr. Harish Shetty is working in the area of ‘suicide prevention’ and is actively working in schools and colleges. This activity is with students and teachers. His team has parents who have lost a child of suicide as resource person.
Dr Harish Shetty taught at TISS for a decade around 1990’s. He is a visiting faculty in various universities including the S.N.D.T Dr Shetty has immense experience in the field of Disaster and Mental health and has worked with the victims of the Marathwada Earthquake, Kandla cyclone and the riot affected in Gujarat. He also has been assisting victims of piracy involving Somalian pirates. He has extensively counseled the victims and their family members. Dr Shetty has also been identified as one of the 17 young mental health workers by the World Health Organization and invited twice for training in the years 1995 &1996 respectively. He has also founded “ Maitri” an organization that works with families affected by mental illness and has been instrumental in training a large number of medical personnel in the field of mental health. Dr Harish Shetty evolved and conducted a REFRESHER COURSE FOR SCHOOL COUNSELLORS’ with SNDT as a partner between 2000-2005. He was also invited by the SALZBURG SEMINAR in 2003 for an intensive seminar on LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH. Dr Shetty has several National and International Publications to his credit. Dr Shetty recently was on the panel of Indian people’s tribunal headed by a Retd high court judge investigating the rehabilitative processes in Gujarat. Dr Harish Shetty is also involved in the training of the Judiciary at the judicial officers training institute [J.O.T.I Nagpur] supported by UNICEF on mental health. Dr Shetty recently trains municipal school teachers continuously since two decades on mental health & education.
In 2003, he was in Afghanistan training the medical personnel in managing psychosocial consequences of disaster As a trainer and a researcher he has conducted hundreds of training sessions for different professionals in the country including the medical profession. Dr Harish Shetty has been training the Judiciary for more than two decades at J.O.T.I [Nagpur] and the Judicial Officers Training Centre at Uttan Mumbai for more than two decades. He is in the process of assisting Bombay High Court in setting up a Prelitigation Counseling centre for warring couples inside its premises. As a Psychiatrist he has been a member of committees appointed by the Bombay high Court overseeing the work of the M.D.C centers that houses mentally retarded children. He has been a star witness in the infamous Panvel and thane orphanage cases of child sexual abuse where convictions were granted to offenders. He has assisted the Bombay High Court in various mental health issues. Training peace activists working in communally sensitive areas in India has been an ongoing area of interest and activity. He has been a resource in more T.V & Radio always. He is the NATIONAL PRESIDENT of MY HOME INDIA an NGO that aims at integrating Rest of India to the North East.