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World Mental Health Day

  • Published
    10th Oct, 2022
Context

The World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th of October every year. The Covid-19 pandemic has even made all of us realise the importance of mental health. To celebrate this day, GOI had announced to launch T-MANAS portal.

Mental illness is an amalgamation of biological, social, psychological, hereditary, and environmental stressors.


Other Government Initiatives:

  • National Mental Health Programme (NMHP): Aim to be implemented in 704 districts for which support is provided to States/UTs through the National Health Mission.
  • Community Health Centre (CHC) and Primary Health Centre (PHC) levels were established to address outpatient services, assessment, counselling/ psycho-social interventions, continuing care and support to persons with severe mental disorders, drugs, outreach services, ambulance services etc. 
  • National Tele Mental Health Programme: In Budget (2022-2023), India's Finance Minister announced the programme to improve access to quality mental health counselling and also care services. 
  • T-MANAS (Tele-Mental Health Assistance and Nationally Actionable Plan through States) aims to provide mental health support and interventions to people in remote and neglected areas.
  • Mental Healthcare Act, 2017:It aims to provide mental healthcare services for persons with mental illness.
  • KIRAN: The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched a 24/7 toll-free helpline to provide support to people facing anxiety, stress, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health concerns.
  • Manodarpan Initiative: It is an initiative of the Ministry of Education under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. It is aimed to provide psychosocial support to students, family members, and teachers for their mental health and well-being during the times of Covid-19.

Madhya Pradesh is going to be the first State in the country to draft a suicide prevention strategy and the government has formed a task force for it.

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