T-MANAS will operate as a 24×7 telemental mental health center in states and UTs

Considering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the psychological and emotional health of citizens, the Union Government announced a National Tele Mental Health program in this year’s budget. The program will comprise 23 mental health telecentres with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (Nimhans) as the nodal centre, while IIIT Bangalore will provide technological support.

Nimhans informed on Friday that he aims to implement the T-MANAS (Tele-Mental Health Assistance and National Action Plan Across States) initiative as a 24×7 facility in all states and territories of the United States. ‘Union. Its vision is to provide immediate mental health interventions to people in mental distress, especially those in remote and underserved areas of the country.

“The vision is also to link T-MANAS with existing in-person mental health services to provide a full continuum of networked care with Centers of Excellence (COEs) / medical schools / district mental health programs / specialist services distributed over the entire length. and the extent of the country,” Nimhans said.

Aware of the effect of the pandemic on mental health, he has developed an innovative and contemporary strategy that will reach millions of Indians in a timely manner to alleviate their psychological and psychosocial distress. The mental health institute’s national psychosocial support hotline has received nearly 6 lakh calls during the pandemic.

“This proposal will also link the primary health care delivery system including primary health centers, health and wellness centers under Ayushman Bharat, provide linkages with communicable and non-communicable disease programs (it there is untreated mental morbidity in conditions such as tuberculosis, HIV, cancer, diabetes, etc.). The involvement of state governments and COEs will also provide opportunities to make T-MANAS sustainable over time,” he said.

“T-MANAS will be linked with e-Sanjeevani and 104 services to increase capacity. It can be effectively linked to the e-MANAS platform which monitors the administrative aspects of mental health care law and can be extended to the development of a national database for the provision of mental health care, d a monitoring dashboard (and become part of the National Digital Health Mission). There are also plans to engage in research to determine the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and reach of this service,” the statement read.

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