Govt. to launch National Tele Mental Health programme

NIMHANS will be the nodal centre, and IIIT Bangalore will provide technological support for the mental health programme

The government will launch a national tele mental health programme to provide 24 X 7 free counselling and care to people , Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced this during her Budget speech on Tuesday. As per the plan, 23 Tele-Mental health centres will be launched soon in association with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Science (NIMHANS) as the nodal centre. IIIT Bangalore will provide technological support for the mental health programme. 
Presenting her fourth budget at the session. Sitharaman expressed her empathy for those who had to bear adverse health and economic effects of the pandemic.
The tele-mental health program will be making the use of telecommunications or videoconferencing technology to provide the patient reach their psychiatrist from the comfort of their homes.
The tele-mental health program will be making the use of telecommunications or videoconferencing technology to provide the patient reach their psychiatrist from the comfort of their homes
Speaking to Fit Northeast, a few leading neuro-psychiatrists share their views regarding this initiative.
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Senior neuro-psychiatrist from Nemcare Hospital in Guwahati, Dr Sumi Baishya Choudhury said, "These days, people are becoming very aware regarding their mental wellbeing and mental health. Various online platforms have already come up which are helping people cope up with their mental wellbeing".
Dr Sumi added that the best part was that the government is focusing on mental health and there are already some organization that gives online consultation to the patients and the Assam government also has one where some psychiatrists are also enrolled. Dr Sumi said that this initiative will definitely be beneficial for the people.
Sharing her feelings over the same, another neuropsychiatrist from Guwahati, Dr Vishnupriya Veeraraghuvan said that this initiative was a 'need of the hour' as a lot of people suffered mentally during the Covid period. It was emphasized that in the last two years, telepsychiatry has reached a demanding stage. The medicines given to the patients through e-prescriptions during the e-consultation can be procured from any pharmacy easily.



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