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National Tele Mental Health Programme

National Tele Mental Health Programme:

The union health ministry said the Tele-Manas helpline under the National Tele Mental Health Programme has received over 200,000 calls since its launch in October 2022.

  • Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States (Tele MANAS) has been launched during October 2022.
  • It aims to provide free tele-mental health services all over the country round the clock, particularly catering to people in remote or under-served areas.
  • There are 42 active Tele Manas cells across 31 states and Union Territories.
  • The service is accessible through the toll-free numbers with options to choose preferred languages (20 languages included till now).
  • Tele-MANAS will be organised in two tier system:
    • Tier 1: It comprises of state Tele-MANAS cells which include trained counsellors and mental health specialists.
    • Tier 2: It will comprise of specialists at District Mental Health Programme (DMHP)/Medical College resources for physical consultation and/or e-Sanjeevani for audio visual consultation.
  • Services offered by Tele MANAS:
    • Tele counselling by trained counsellors.
    • Tele Consultation by Mental Health professionals when required.
    • Referral Services to other Mental Health Establishments such as Medical Colleges, District Mental Health Program (DMHP) services and speciality institutes.

National Mental Health Programme (NMHP):

  • The Government of India has launched the National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) in 1982, with the following objectives:
    • To ensure the availability and accessibility of minimum mental healthcare for all in the foreseeable future, particularly to the most vulnerable and underprivileged sections of the population;
    • To encourage the application of mental health knowledge in general healthcare and in social development;
    • To promote community participation in the mental health service development and to stimulate efforts towards self-help in the community.