Launched on World Mental Health Day, The Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States (Tele-MANAS) is a mental health facility to provide quality mental health care.
Story so far: Tele-MANAS was launched during the Convocation of the National Institute of Mental Health And Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) as a part of Karnataka’s initiative of the same name. The goal of this facility is to provide universal access to affordable mental health care through tele-services under the National Mental Health Programme (NMHP).
- The state government first launched E-Manas, a tele-counselling programme, during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Eventually, an online counselling helpline was introduced by the state during the announcement of class 10 results.
Permanent system: Health Minister K Sudhakar stated that Karnataka is dedicated to mental healthcare, and these initiatives were not limited to just the pandemic. He also said that the tele-monitoring programmes had been launched for the same reason. Permanent systems of health care will be established to ensure good mental health for all.