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Introduction

 MANAS which stands for “Mental Health and Normalcy Augmentation System” was endorsed as a national program by the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). MANAS is based on life skills and core psychological process delivering age-appropriate methods for all age groups from 0-70 years. An app initially targeting 15-35 years was virtually launched  by Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India (PSA), on April 13th, 2021. The app integrates the health and wellness efforts of various government ministries, scientifically validated indigenous tools with gamified interfaces developed/researched by various national bodies and research institutions.

Challenging situations like the ongoing unprecedented pandemic, natural disasters etc. affect mental well-being apart from impacting economic, social, and other facets of a person’s life. Supporting mental well-being becomes the need of the hour to address negative consequences of mental problems on livelihood, productivity, and positivity. Such support system will not only boost mental well-being but will also help in boosting quality life and achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs).

MANAS Mitra from O/o PSA in partnership with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) is focused on channelising the already existing efforts for promotion of positive mental well-being among common citizens and for facilitating mental health care of research community through scientifically validated information screened and reviewed by experts. 

The first webinar under MANAS Mitra is going to be on the theme of “Community Mental Well-Being in Challenging Times” with experts from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), World Health Organisation (WHO), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) Ministry of AYUSH, and National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS). The event scheduled on June 21, 2021 at 11.00 AM will mark the celebration of International Day of Yoga 2021. To register for the event, click here

MANAS Mitra envisioned to have a broad impact, not only in COVID-19 scenario, but also in areas mentioned below: 

  • Community Awareness about positive mental well-being
  • Enabling Learning through webinars, Q&A sessions
  • Deciphering Information from key ministries, government programs etc.
  • Building Partnership and Engagement for knowledge transfer.
  • Resources Sharing: Building online community to share information and resources to improve the quality and coverage of mental health care.
  • Strengthening collective efforts to further national programs like the National Mental Health Programme (NMHP), National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), National Health Mission (NHM) etc for facilitating access to knowledge for preventive and curative mental health care by working with ministerial, academic, and industrial partners.

 

 

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In our attempt to build a healthier and happier community by addressing mental health problems viz. stress, anxiety etc. that can manifest in all age groups, we invite you to share your ideas/suggestions to us by filling the fill below. If you have attended our events, and have any question or feedback, please use the fill to connect with us.

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