Anganwadi and ASHA workers to raise awareness on mental health issues

Anganwadi and Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers are going to be trained about mental health conditions, so that they can provide door-to-door awareness among people living in rural areas

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  • At present, there are 60,000 ASHA sevikas and around 10,000 anganwadi workers in Mumbai.
  • People belonging to the age group of 15 to 30 are at the risk of developing mental health disorders.
  • The Maharashtra state government has taken this decision to raise awareness about mental health issues.
  • In a survey carried out by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) during a period of two years, from October 2015 to September 2017, revealed that 1,74, 379 patients sought treatment for mental health issues

The ASHA and anganwadi workers will be trained from the month of December. The workers will be trained for two days a week at the district level Primary Health Care (PHC) centres and other centres across the state.

The instances of mental health conditions are on a rise. In India, around seven crore people are suffering from mental health conditions. That is why the health workers are being trained so that they can go door-to-door and provide awareness to villagers.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Umesh Tagde, Assistant Director, National Health Mission, and programme head of Mission AYUSH, said, “The Maharashtra government has starting implemented the National AYUSH Mission at the district level to promote Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. As part of this programme, the ASHA and Anganwadi workers will be trained on spreading awareness on mental health issues. They will inform people about mental illnesses and their symptoms.”

Dr Tagde added, “Ayurvedic professors will be trained at a taluka level. These professors will train two medical officers who work at the taluka level, who will in turn train the anganwadi and ASHA workers. They will also be provided with training on pranayama techniques and yoga.”