Northeast's oldest mental health institute at Tezpur set for upgrade

Assam health minister Keshab Mahanta on Friday visited the mental health institute at Tezpur and inspected various departments

Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health (LGBRIMH), the oldest mental health institute in the Northeast, is set for an upgrade.
Assam health minister Keshab Mahanta on Friday visited the mental health institute at Tezpur and inspected various departments before interacting with the doctors and staff, and enquired about overall functioning of the hospital.
"We deliberated on urging the government of India to upgrade the institute to an institute of national importance and asked the LGBRIMH officials to start making the necessary arrangements for it," Mahanta informed. "Besides, in order to further expand the scope of mental health services in the state, I urged the psychiatrists at LGBRIMH and the medical college and hospitals in Assam in association with the concerned officials of the district health department to conduct a workshop in this regard," the health minister said.
The institute, which is also one of the oldest mental health care institutes in India, was established in the year 1876. The institute has also been offering community services and mental health support for students.
The institute, which is also one of the oldest mental health care institutes in India, was established in the year 1876. The institute has also been offering community services and mental health support for students.
Keshab Mahanta inspect the hospital with the other dignitaries
Image: Keshab Mahanta inspect the hospital with the other dignitaries
In February this year, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the institute and Biswanath College to get extended community services and mental health support towards students.
The faculty/experts from the national-level institute are providing emotional counselling and other services to the college students.
Mental morbidity is higher in the urban metros than in the urban non-metros and rural areas of India. The COVID-19 pandemic with its disastrous effects across cities has brought to the forefront the mental health concerns/issues of city dwellers in the country. According to the National Mental Health Survey of India 2015-16, the prevalence of any mental morbidity at any given point was 13.1 per cent in urban metros, 9.3 per cent in urban non-metros and 9.2 per cent in rural areas.



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