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.