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Centre to address mental health issues launched

To address gaps in mental health services and to promote research, capacity building and improving the quality of life of the mentally disabled, a centre for excellence in mental health was launched here on Friday. Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), supported by research grant from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), US, launched the centre, which will offer a platform for various mental health initiatives.

"There is a huge gap between the burden and the availability of appropriate mental services in the country, hope the newly launched Centre for Mental Health will bridge this gap and it will scale up mental health care," Syeda Hameed, member, planning commission said.
The centre will be a collaborative network of institutions in south Asia, which will promote research, building capacity and advocacy for mental, neurological and substance use disorders. "PHFI has already recognised mental health as one of the priority research areas and had constituted a Mental Health Special Interest Group four years ago. The new Centre of Excellence will further bolster this initiative," PHFI President K. Srinath Reddy said.

Earlier parliament approved the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) bill to address the woeful mental healthcare scenario in the country.

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Source: IANS

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