- The mental morbidity requires priority in mental health treatment
- Primary health care at village and subcenter level
- At Primary Health Center level
- At the District Hospital level
- Mental Hospital and teaching Psychiatric Units
- Training programmes of all workers in the mental health team at the identified Nodal Institute in the State.
- Public education in the mental health to increase awareness and reduce stigma.
- For early detection and treatment, the OPD and indoor services are provided.
- Providing valuable data and experience at the level of community to the state and Centre for future planning, improvement in service and research.
The National Human Rights Commission also monitors the conditions in the mental hospitals along with the government of India and the states are currently acting on the recommendation of the joint studies conducted to ensure quality in delivery of mental care.
Thrust areas for 10th Five Year Plan
- District mental health programme in an enlarged and more effective form covering the entire country.
- Streamlining/modernization of mental hospitals in order to modify their present custodial role.
- Upgrading department of psychiatry in medical colleges and enhancing the psychiatry content of the medical curriculum at the undergraduate as well as postgraduate level.
- Strengthening the Central and State Mental Health Authorities with a permanent secretariat. Appointment of medical officers at state headquarters in order to make their monitoring role more effective;
- Research and training in the field of community mental health, substance abuse and child/ adolescent psychiatric clinics.
- For the first time in the last 40 years mental health has been chosen as the theme for the World Health Day 2001: “Mental Health: Stop Exclusion – Date to Care”, Why? The recent evidence for the importance of mental health has been so striking that the WHO decided to give it a priority during year 2001, the beginning of 21st century.
- There is no initiative from the mental health professional to take active part in this programme. Most of them are not aware of the programme.
- There is shortage of professional manpower and training programmes are not able to meet the demand in providing all medical private practitioners and medical officers.
- Appropriate mental health can be provided at the subcentre and village level by minimum training of the health workers that will help in providing comprehensive health care at the most peripheral level.
- The targets set for the programme are not achieved till today after lapse of more than one decade. This indicates that there is a poor commitment of the government, psychiatrists, and community at large.
- The programme has given more emphasis on the curative services to the mental disorders and preventive measures are largely ignored. More public awareness programmes are required.
- The medical care in the hospitals are custodial in nature and this needs to be changed to a therapeutic approach.