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Free-of-cost counseling and treatment being provided to people having mental illness at ‘Sparsh’ clinics established in district hospitals

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Over 1.14 lakh registrations so far this year for treatment in OPD of Sparsh clinics

About 42 thousand patients identified and provided free-of-cost treatment under the ‘CHaMP’ Project

Chhattisgarh has received ‘Excellence in Mental Health’ award for providing excellent service under mental health programme during Covid-19 pandemic

Raipur. March 25

Free-of-cost counseling and treatment facilities are being provided to persons suffering from mental disorders at ‘Sparsh’ clinics established in all district hospitals of the state. Nearly 01 lakh 14 thousand 458 registrations have been done in the OPDs of these clinics in the current financial year 2021-22 so far. In the last financial year 2020-21, about 85 thousand 292 registrations were done for treatment in OPD of Sparsh clinics. Over 41 thousand 785 patients have been identified and treated free-of-cost under the Chhattisgarh Community Mental Healthcare Tele-Mentoring Program (CHaMP).

State Nodal Officer of Mental Health Program Dr. Mahendra Singh informed that free of cost treatment related to mental health is available in the state. Training related to counseling and treatment of people suffering from mental illness has been provided to Medical Officers, Rural Medical Assistants and Community Health Officers (CHOs) of all the districts of the state by National Health Mission, Chhattisgarh in collaboration with National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) under the Mental Health Programme. Over 41 thousand 785 patients have been identified and provided free-of-cost treatment across the state under the innovative ‘CHaMP’ project. Besides, counseling has been provided to thousands of people having mental illness, with the assistance of trained medical officers and rural medical assistants.

Dr. Singh further informed that during the Covid-19 pandemic period, counseling was provided to more than 28 thousand patients in Covid Care Centers across the state and more than 69 thousand patients under home isolation. The 200-bed State Mental Health Hospital at Sendri in Bilaspur district has arrangements for complete psychiatric treatment. Information regarding mental health and related diseases can be obtained from the health department’s toll-free helpline number 104. The Health and Family Welfare Department of the State Government has been awarded the ‘Excellence in Mental Health’ award by the Public Health Foundation of India for providing excellent service under the Mental Health Program during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

A sound mental health plays a huge role in one’s general well-being. Just like physical ailments, mental illness can also have an adverse effect on a person’s overall health. In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of people dealing with mental issues. Some common symptoms of mental illness include irritability, tension, anxiety, fear, insomnia, depression and restlessness and a tendency to always feel helpless. Timely diagnosis and treatment of these symptoms is essential. For this, the help of psychiatrists and counselors should be taken.

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