J P Nadda inaugurates the NIMHANS Digital Academy

The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the Director of National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) Digital Academy and addressed the first batch of professionals enrolled for undergoing courses in the fields of psychiatry and psychiatric social work

J P Nadda inaugurates the NIMHANS Digital Academy

Addressing the participants, Nadda said that the passing of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 brings forth a stronger and more robust legal scaffold and humane and patient-centric rights based approach for mental healthcare in our country.

“We have to implement it and we must match speed, skill and scale as has been said by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get the desired results,” he said.

Nadda further said that as far as skill is concerned, NIMHANS has always been in the forefront of capacity building and human resource training in the country. It has been a pioneer in developing the National Mental Health Programme, a community-based mental health programmes.

“We have to be ambitious and ensure that the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 increases in scale of operations,”Nadda added.

He further said that under Ayushman Bharat, 150,000 sub-centres will be converted into Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) that will deliver comprehensive primary health care.

“In the coming times, we have to see if we can detect mental health disorders at these centres and if it can be included in the universal screening along with these diseases. We can think of training our frontline functionaries in detection, so HWCs also takes care of mental health disorders.”

Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare said that it is much needed initiative that will enhance the skill and potential of healthcare professionals.

She further said that shortage of manpower in this area makes it a very important effort for MoHFW and NIMHANS.

She added that Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 envisions adequate quality care for the citizens through skilled healthcare professionals so that we can reduce stigma against mental health disorders.

B N Gangadhar, Director, NIMHANS said that this initiative will serve the purpose of mental healthcare needs. He further said that it will increase the capacity of human resources for mental health by training doctors, nurses, psychologists.

NIMHANS has established infrastructure for starting a Digital Academy to provide large scale training to healthcare service providers like medical officer, psychologists, social workers and nurses to deliver quality mental healthcare services throughout the country with the objective of exponentially increasing skilled capacity in mental health in the country.

The courses for different categories of healthcare providers would be of about 30 hours duration each and spread across a period of three months and would be digitally delivered to remotely located healthcare providers across the country.

After successful completion of the course and evaluation, the participants will be awarded “Diploma in Community Mental Health” by NIMHANS, Bengaluru.