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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 215-220

Integrating mental health into public health: The community mental health development project in India

1 Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2 Hospital for Mental Health, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
3 Government Medical College, Chandigarh, India
4 Madurai Medical College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
5 Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry & Allied Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
6 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
7 The Asialink Centre, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
8 International Unit, St. Vincent's Mental Health, Australia
9 Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India
10 National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, India
11 The University of Western Australia, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Chee Ng
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010
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Source of Support: The activities of Asia-Australia Mental Health for this project were supported by the Australian Government Public Sector Linkages Program,, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.140615

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and its public health institutes are collaborating with Asia Australia Mental Health on an innovative community mental health development project designed to enhance initiatives under the District Mental Health Program and increase accessibility of essential community mental health services. The project is an exciting opportunity to create positive change in meeting the challenges of community mental health care in India. It recognizes that no one single model of care can be applied to all the community in the country and that locally appropriate models working in close partnership with local communities is required. Targeted and skill-based training programs are useful to build local leadership capacity in implementing quality and culturally appropriate community mental health services.



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