Govt launches helpline for mental health issues

The government has launched a toll-free helpline number – 08046110007 —  for people who may face any mental health issue due to the ongoing countrywide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

In its daily briefing on the coronavirus situation in the country, the health ministry said on Sunday the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, has launched the number.

¨We are under a lockdown and behavioural issues are very important under such situations. It is a new process. If there are any behavioural issues, lack of understanding for that we at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bangalore in collaboration with all other institutes has been trying to provide guidance. ¨National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) has also launched a toll free number 08046110007. I request everyone to fight unitedly against this disease so if we see any mental health issues then all the institutes are equipped to provide you with necessary support,” said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, the Ministry of Health at the press briefing.