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Health Deptt observes World Mental Health Day

Nagaland News

Dimapur, October 11: The Department of Health & Family Welfare observed World Mental health Day on October 10 at Kohima.
Principal Director, Dr. K Vikato Kinimi, rued that every year lakhs of students, parents, and the general population fall under depression and frustration for numerous reasons, which leads to mental health issues.
Mental illness and its symptoms have been prominently evident with the present generation because of which we have lost many precious lives, he said, adding that the Department has to play a very vital role to eradicate mental sickness and save lives.
Dr. T Wabang, Director (FW), highlighted that the sole objective of observing World Mental Health Day is to create awareness about mental illness.
In Nagaland, around 20,000 people are suffering from severe mental illness and two lakh minor mental illnesses. In addition to the existing health problems, many aspects of mental health have been challenged due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is estimated that there is a rise in both anxiety and depression disorders by 25% during the first year of the pandemic. Therefore, it is only necessary that mental health awareness should be propagated diligently to fight this illness together, and also mental health awareness should be recognised, promoted, and protected.
Dr. C. Kezo, Dy/Director SPO, NMHP highlighted T-MANAS, which is an initiative of GoI and has been announced by the Union Finance Minister in the Union Budget in February 2022.
T-MANAS which stands for “Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across State” envisions providing universal access to equitable, accessible, affordable, and quality mental health care through 24×7 tele mental health services as a digital component of the NMHP across all Indian states/UTs to exponentially scale up the reach of mental health services to anybody who reaches out and to implement a full-fledged mental health services network that in addition to counselling provides integrated medical and psychological interventions including video consultations with mental health specialists, e-prescription, follow-up service and linkage to in-person services.
It also aims to extend services to vulnerable groups of populations and difficult-to-reach populations. Dr. Kezo suggested that to implement T-MANAS in the state the existing resources and platforms are to be mapped and partnerships to be strengthened to ensure mental health services to the entire population especially vulnerable groups.
(Page News Service)