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The introduction of “Tele-Manas,” a telemedicine mental health initiative, has been a positive development. But the success of this initiative depends on its ability to engage a broad audience and diminish the social stigma surrounding mental health conditions. Analyse. 

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

3.  The introduction of “Tele-Manas,” a telemedicine mental health initiative, has been a positive development. But the success of this initiative depends on its ability to engage a broad audience and diminish the social stigma surrounding mental health conditions. Analyse.  (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

The article discusses the significance of World Mental Health Day and reflects on the progress and challenges in the field of mental health in India over the past year.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the Tele-MANAS – national tele-mental health programme and the need to destigmatise mental health for its success.

Directive word:

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving an overview of mental health set up in India and trends in mental health disorders.

Body:

First, write about the national Tele-MANAS, its features and the potential benefits from it.

Next, write about the need to reach masses and destigmatise mental disorders in the society – mention the steps that must be taken in this regard – creating awareness, accessible treatment, promoting well-being, harnessing AYUSH etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward of measures needed to further strengthen mental health in India.