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‘13.70% people in state suffer from some kind of mental illness’

On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, health minister Kali Charan Saraf launched a helpline, Man Sanwad Seva. People can call on the toll-free number 18001800018 with queries related to mental health.

jaipur Updated: Oct 10, 2017 18:48 IST
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Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf (second from left) launched a toll free number for queries related to mental health and its solution in Jaipur on Tuesday.
Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf (second from left) launched a toll free number for queries related to mental health and its solution in Jaipur on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Health minister Kali Charan Saraf inaugurated a 10-bed detoxification ward at the psychiatric centre of Sawai Man Singh Medical College on the occasion of World Mental Health Day on Tuesday.

The minister also launched a helpline, Man Sanwad Seva. People can call on the toll-free number 18001800018 with queries related to mental health and get solutions.

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’.

“A hectic life, work pressure, shortage of time, inability to maintain a balance between family and work and other reasons affects the mental health resulting in tension,” Saraf said.

Saraf said that according to the national health survey, 13.70% of people in Rajasthan suffer from some kind of mental illness. To provide facilities related to mental health, medical officers at primary and community health centres are being trained in screening and treating mental illness under the National Mental Health Programme. At present, more than 500 doctors have been trained, informed the minister.

Saraf said that every day around 700 patients come to the psychiatry centre’s outpatient department (OPD). He said that special OPD clinics for children, adolescent and the elderly have been started.

A centre of excellence has been approved for ₹33 crore with help of the central government and approval has been received for setting up a Regional Research and Training Centre.

SMS Medical College principal Dr US Agarwal, vice principal Dr ID Gupta, Dr Pradeep Sharma, Dr Lalit Batra and others were present on the occasion.