U of L professor being given award in India

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A University of Louisville professor who has worked to bring awareness to high suicide rates in his native India and encouraged mental health counseling is being honored there next month for exceptional contributions to society.

U of L says Professor Daya Singh Sandhu (DUH-yah SING SUN’-doo) will receive the 2014 Hind Rattan (HIHND ruh-TUHN’) Award at a ceremony Jan. 25 in New Delhi. The name of the award translates to “jewel of India” and is given by the country’s president.

Sandhu is professor and former chairman of the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development.

Sandhu says in a news release from the university that it’s considered taboo by many in India to see a psychologist or therapist. He says changing such attitudes can save lives.

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