Tele-MANAS

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: India’s Tele-MANAS, a round-the-clock mental health helpline launched on World Mental Health Day in 2022, has received over 3,40,000 calls from 32 states and union territories. The helpline was initiated in response to the increased mental health challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, providing essential …

Does India’s Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 protect patients’ rights and dignity in institutions?

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Government policies and Interventions   Source: TH    Context:  NHRC in a recent report flagged the “inhuman and deplorable” condition of all 46 government-run mental healthcare institutions across the country (3 Central Run and the rest of state-run Institutions)   What is Mental Health? It is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or …

Insights into Editorial: India must shift the discourse on abortion rights

    Introduction: Given the phenomenal expansion in feminist jurisprudence over the last decade, particularly on the issue of a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. It now appears quite plain that the central government’s amendment to the abortion laws not only retains the traditional notion that the state must intervene and decide …

Insights into Editorial: Towards a stronger mental health strategy

    Introduction: Mental health issues are a major health challenge in the world today. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is a 10-25-year life expectancy reduction in patients with severe mental disorders. About 72% of member states had a standalone policy or plan for mental health in 2017. India introduced the National …