The Health Department has launched a ‘comprehensive mental health’ scheme that aims at providing mental health care from the primary health level onwards.

According to a release, the scheme envisages roping in accredited social health activists (ASHA) to identify people suffering from mental problems and disabilities to provide them treatment at family health centres. Those skipping treatment will also be encouraged to continue receiving medical attention. Those addicted to liquor and narcotic substances, adolescents suffering from mental problems, those having suicide tendencies, and memory loss will also be brought in the ambit of the programme. Propagating awareness of mental health will be a prime objective of the initiative.

Prior to their deployment, ASHA workers are being imparted training before being sent to each ward. The Health department has been able to identify 50-120 patients who suffered from mental ailments in each ward.

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