Mental health: ‘NIMHANS’ satellite centre to be set-up in Maharashtra

Maharashtra's Health Minister Deepak Sawant on Monday, announced that a satellite centre of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMHANS), will be set-up in the state. The satellite centre will be started at one of the four mental hospitals in the state

Mental health: ‘NIMHANS’ satellite centre to be set-up in Maharashtra

Mental health issues generally carry a social stigma with them, but it should not be so. People living in metropolitan areas face stressful situations on a day to day basis. Along with this other factors such as age and social environment play a role in mental health issues. For example, social isolation can cause depression in the long run.

Now, in order to cater, the rising burden of mental health issues in Maharashtra, the state government has decided to start a state of art mental health centre. The decision comes after the state health minister’s visit to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru.

On Monday, Dr Deepak Sawant had a meeting with NIMHANS officials in Bengaluru.

He informed that the satellite centre will be set-up in one of the four mental hospitals in the state.

While speaking on the rising concern of the mental health issue, Dr Deepak Sawant said, “NIMHANS is the only institute which studied the mental health issues. Mental health issues are also increasing in Maharashtra day-by-day. So, the government is delineating to start a satellite centre here in the state. If, this facility is set-up in Maharashtra, neighbouring states, like Gujarat, Chhattisgarh will also be benefited.”

Dr Sawant further said, “NIMHANS, has responded positively, and soon we will follow this up with the central government.”

Dr Sagar Mundada, psychiatrist and national youth-wing president of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Maharashtra Chapter said, “NIHMANS is a national level institute. This initiative is a very good step; this satellite centre can help patients get expert opinions from doctors. People in rural areas affected with mental health issues will also benefit through this centre.”

Considering the acute shortage of mental health professionals in the state, the satellite centre of NIMHANS, is likely to train the doctors and the nursing staff.