Brain Health Initiative, first-of-its-kind in India, launched in Karnataka

Brain Health Initiative, first-of-its-kind in India, launched in Karnataka

Bengaluru: Brain Health Initiative, a first-of-its-kind in the entire country, has been launched in Karnataka by NIMHNANS in association with Niti Aayog. 

Speaking at the virtual launch program, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said the Karnataka Brain Health Initiative is being rolled out in Bengaluru, Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts on a pilot basis. Under this programme, doctors will be trained in screening and treating mental health patients. 

“Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, our government is helping people to cope with mental health issues in association with NIMHANS. We have conducted thousands of mental health counselling sessions with Covid infected persons and their family members. Since mental health has a bearing on the physical health and overall wellness of the individual we need to ensure that everyone is aware of mental health issues and NIMHANS is doing a very good job in taking mental healthcare to the people. Under this Brain Health Initiative, even general physicians will be trained in mental healthcare,” the state health minister said.

He further emphasised on the need to screen newborn babies for mental health issues. “Due to various socio-economic factors, genetic and family issues many people suffer from mental health issues. This will have an impact on their day to day lives and quality of life. Therefore, we need more doctors trained in mental healthcare,” Sudhakar added. 

The Karnataka health minister insisted the program organisers focus on implementation and deliver good results so that the program can get more budgetary allocation in future.   

first published:Jan. 25, 2022, 10:10 p.m.

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