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Source: The post is based on the article “Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States (Tele MANAS) initiative launched on occasion of World Mental Health Day” published in the PIB on 10th October 2022.
What is the News?
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States (Tele MANAS) initiative was launched.
What is the need for Tele MANAS?
There is an urgent need to establish a digital mental health network that will withstand the challenges amplified by the pandemic.
About Tele MANAS
The programme includes a network of 23 tele-mental health centres of excellence.
Aim: To provide free tele-mental health services all over the country round the clock, particularly catering to people in remote or under-served areas.
Initiated by: Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Nodal Centre: NIMHANS
Technology support: International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIITB)
Functioning: A toll-free, 24/7 helpline number (14416) has been set up across the country allowing callers to select the language of choice for availing services. The calls would be routed to Tele-MANAS cells in the respective state and union territory.
The organizational framework of Tele MANAS
Tele-MANAS will be organised in a two-tier system; Tier 1 comprises state Tele MANAS cells which include trained counsellors and mental health specialists. Tier 2 will comprise specialists at District Mental Health Programme (DMHP)/Medical College resources for physical consultation and/or e-Sanjeevani for audio-visual consultation.