India Govt Plans to Set up a National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation
Government of India plans to
set up a National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) near
Bhopal. The cost of the project would be Rs 179.54 cr in the first three years,
according to Dr Prabodh Seth, Joint Secretary, Department of Empowerment of
Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
addressing a conference titled'Re-thinking Mental Health' organized by FICCI
Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence .
The objectives of the NIMHR include providing rehabilitation services to people with mental illness, capacity development in the area of mental health rehabilitation, policy-framing and advanced research in mental health rehabilitation.
"Given the huge gulf in demand and supply, we are thinking of developing in-service training programs for persons employed in government organizations who can get effective training and be effective in providing basic rehabilitation services," said Dr Seth.
Dr Nimesh Desai, Director, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), said, "Mental health is nowhere near the central agenda of the society. It is still a storm in a teacup. Scientific figures from the National Institute of Health put that rate at 49%."