The Government of India launched the National Mental Health Program (NMHP) in 1982, and the District Mental Health Program was added to the NMHP in 1996. In 2003, it was re-strategized to include two schemes i.e. Modernization of State Mental Hospitals and Upgradation of Psychiatric Wings of Medical Colleges/General Hospitals.
The basic objectives of the NMHP are:
- To ensure the availability and accessibility of minimum mental healthcare for all in the foreseeable future.
- To encourage the application of mental health knowledge in general healthcare and in social development.
- To promote community participation in the mental health service development.
- To enhance human resources in mental health specialties.
The NMHP has aimed to open centres for persons with mental illness, carry out awareness programs and interventions ,etc. Please see here for more details.