National Mental Health Survey
After completion of the pilot survey in the public health observatory in Kolar, the Department of Epidemiology and Centre for Public Health was entrusted with the responsibility of developing – implementing – and coordinating the first ever National Mental Health Survey in India by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India. The results and implications of the survey were reviewed by Shri. Anshu Prakash, Joint Secretary, MoHFW, Shri. Oma Nand, Director (H), MoHFW and Prof. BN Gangadhar, Director, NIMHANS in a joint meeting held on 1 June 2016 at NIMHANS. The Summary Report of NMHS was released at New Delhi by Smt. Anupriya Patel and Shri. Faggan Singh Kulaste, Hon’ble Ministers for State for Health and Family Welfare on 10 October 2016 on the occasion of World Mental Health Day celebrations. The first report titled “Prevalence, Pattern and Outcomes” containing detailed information on methods and results of survey and the second report titled “Mental Health Systems” which has the details on current status of mental health services and programmes across 12 states were also released at the Convocation of NIMHANS on 27 December 2016. The reports were disseminated across the state teams and to ministries that were involved in NMHS.