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How tele-MANAS can assist rural India get entry to psychological healthcare

In a serious initiative to offer entry to psychological healthcare companies to all of the residents of the nation, the Union Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare, on October 10 this yr, has launched a community of 23 tele-mental well being centres throughout numerous States and Union Territories (UTs) as a part of Tele Psychological Well being Help and Networking Throughout States (Tele-MANAS) initiative. It goals to offer free tele-mental well being companies everywhere in the nation around the clock, significantly catering to individuals in distant or under-served areas. Underneath this psychological well being program, a toll-free, 24/7 helpline quantity (14416) has been arrange throughout the nation permitting callers to pick out the language of alternative for availing companies. The calls can be routed to Tele-MANAS cells within the respective state and union territory.

The programme features a community of 23 tele-mental well being centres of excellence, and fairly aptly, the Nationwide Institute for Psychological Well being and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, has been made the nodal centre and Worldwide Institute of Data Expertise-Bangalore (IIITB) offering know-how assist. Indian Institute of Expertise (IIT) Bengaluru and Nationwide Well being Techniques Useful resource Centre (NHRSC) will present the technical assist. Underneath this initiative, the Union Well being Ministry goals to open a minimum of one Tele-MANAS Cell in every State/UT.

The States/UTs which have launched the Tele Psychological Well being Programme on October 10 embrace Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chhattisgarh, Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Ladakh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

The Union Well being Ministry’s reasonably proactive initiative on this regard is an acknowledgment that there’s a psychological well being disaster within the nation in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and there’s an pressing want to determine a digital psychological well being community that may stand up to the challenges amplified by the pandemic. Tele-MANAS might be organised in two tier system – Tier-1 includes of state Tele-MANAS cells which embrace educated counsellors and psychological well being specialists. Tier-2 will comprise of specialists at District Psychological Well being Programme (DMHP) or Medical School sources for bodily session and/or e-Sanjeevani for audio visible session. Presently there are 5 regional coordination centres together with 51 State/UT Tele MANAS cells.

The preliminary rollout offering fundamental assist and counselling by means of centralized Interactive Voice Response system (IVRS) is being personalized to be used throughout all States and UTs. This won’t solely assist in offering speedy psychological healthcare companies, but in addition facilitate continuum of care. Specialised care is being envisioned by means of the programme by linking Tele-MANAS with different companies like Nationwide tele-consultation service, e-Sanjeevani, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, psychological well being professionals, Ayushman Bharat well being and wellness centres and emergency psychiatric services. Finally, it will embrace the whole spectrum of psychological wellness and sickness, and combine all methods that present psychological well being care.

It’s a incontrovertible fact that aside from the large human toll, the Covid-19 pandemic has additionally wreaked unimaginable havoc on financial system and different elements of human life. However, the most important of all affect of the pandemic was on psychological well-being of the individuals throughout the globe, and India was no exception. Due to the pandemic, a big share of Indians of all ages, all social and financial lessons have been affected by loneliness, stress, nervousness, despair and grief associated psychological issues. In truth, even earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic started in March 2020, the world was already immersed in a deep psychological well being disaster.

Even if a minimum of 1 / 4 of the inhabitants was destined to endure from psychological sickness all through their lives, the well being authorities world over, together with India, didn’t take measures commensurate with the seriousness of the matter. And the state of affairs generated by the pandemic solely made issues worse.

Recognising the affect of the Covid-19 pandemic on not only one’s bodily but in addition psychological and emotional well being, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Finances speech, had introduced the launch of ‘Nationwide Tele Psychological Well being Programme’ to handle this grave concern. Because the pandemic has accentuated psychological well being issues in individuals of all ages, this system is aimed to higher the entry to high quality psychological well being counselling and care companies. Underneath this backdrop, the launch of the ‘Nationwide Tele Psychological Well being Programme’ by the Indian authorities is a step in proper route.

(The creator is a contract journalist with different expertise in numerous fields)

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