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 thecountry, the health ministry said on Sunday the National Institute of MentalHealth and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, has launched the number.

¨We are under a lockdown and behavioural issues are veryimportant under such situations. It is a new process. If there are anybehavioural issues, lack of understanding for that we at the National Instituteof Mental Health in Bangalore in collaboration with all other institutes hasbeen trying to provide guidance.¨National Institute of Mental Health andNeuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) has also launched a toll free number 08046110007. Irequest everyone to fight unitedly against this disease so if we see any mentalhealth issues then all the institutes are equipped to provide you withnecessary support," said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, the Ministry of Healthat the press briefing.

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