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Tele-MANAS Initiative launched on World Mental Health Day

Tele-MANAS Initiative- Relevance For UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges
    • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

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Tele-MANAS Initiative in News

  • Recentlt, Tele-MANAS initiative of Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare was launched virtually by Sh. Thawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru.
  • Tele-MANAS Initiative is a step forward in establishing a new milestone in the field of mental health on the occasion of World Mental Health Day.



Tele-MANAS Initiative

  • About: Tele-MANAS 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.
    • Tele-MANAS Full form: Full form of Tele-MANAS is Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States.
  • Nodal Agency: The programme includes a network of 23 tele-mental health centres of excellence, with NIMHANS being the nodal centre and International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIITB) providing technology support.
    • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bengaluru and National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHRSC) will provide the technical support.
  • Service Centre: A toll-free, 24/7 helpline number (14416) has been set up across the country allowing callers to select the language of choice for availing services.
    • Service is also accessible with 1-800-91-4416. The calls would be routed to Tele-MANAS cells in the respective state and union territory.


Tele-MANAS Initiative Implementation

  • Tele-MANAS will be organised in two tier system;
    • Tier 1 comprises of state Tele-MANAS cells which include trained counsellors and mental health specialists.
    • Tier 2 will comprise of specialists at District Mental Health Programme (DMHP)/Medical College resources for physical consultation and/or e-Sanjeevani for audio visual consultation.
    • Presently there are 5 regional coordination centres along with 51 State/UT Tele MANAS cells.
  • Specialised care is being envisioned through the programme by linking Tele-MANAS with other services like National tele-consultation service, e-Sanjeevani, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, mental health professionals, Ayushman Bharat health and wellness centres and emergency psychiatric facilities.
  • Eventually, this will include the entire spectrum of mental wellness and illness, and integrate all systems that provide mental health care. NIMHANS has conducted training for 900 Tele MANAS counsellors from majority of States/UTs.



National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)- Key Points

  • About NIMHANS: The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) is a multidisciplinary institute for patient care and academic pursuit in the field of mental health and neurosciences.
    • Headquarter: National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences is a premier medical institution located in Bengaluru, India.
    • NIMHANS is the apex centre for mental health and neuroscience education in the country.
  • Parent ministry: NIMHANS Institute operates autonomously under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • An Institute of National Importance: NIMHANS, Bangalore Act 2012 declares NIMHANS to be an Institute of National Importance and provides for its incorporation and matters connected therewith.
    • Earlier, the Central Government recognized NIMHANS’s eminent academic position, growth and contributions, and declared it a ‘Deemed University in 1994.

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