Around 2.7% people in India are suffering from depression related disorders, a survey done in 12 states of the country has revealed.

This National Mental Health Survey (NMHP) was done by National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore.

To tackle this situation, the government is supporting implementation of the District Mental Health Programme (DMHP) under NMHP in 339 districts of the country for detection, management and treatment of mental illness since 1982.

It has funded 21 centres of excellence in mental health and 39 post graduate training departments in mental health specialties.

Besides, three Central Institutions viz. National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur and Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi have been strengthened for augmenting human resources in the area of mental health and for capacity building in the country.

The DMHP has been restructured to include additional components like suicide prevention services, work place stress management, life skills training and counselling in schools and colleges. Support is also provided for central and state mental health authorities, research and training and for information, education and communication (IEC) activities.

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