What’s in the news?
- The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has established the Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States (Tele-MANAS) initiative.
- Tele-MANAS aims to provide free tele-mental health services all over the country round the clock, particularly catering to people in remote or under-served areas.
- The programme includes a network of 23 tele-mental health centres of excellence, with NIMHANS being the nodal centre and International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIITB) providing technology support. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bengaluru and National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHRSC) will provide the technical support.
- The Union Government aims to open at least one Tele-MANAS Cell in each State/UT.