New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to facilitate collaboration between the two ministries in operating a special cell of Tele MANAS, at the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, as a pilot project for a period of two years.

The MoU was signed by Aradhna Patnaik, AS and MD MoHFW, and Lt General Daljit Singh, Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS).

Recognising the unique stressors such as the operational environment, cultural challenges, and specific stressors related to regional conflicts faced by the personnels, necessitate a specialised approach to mental health care in the Armed Forces. With the signing of the MoU, the mental health and well-being of Armed Forces personnel and their families will be addressed and the Armed Forces beneficiaries will have direct access to specialised care.

Speaking on the occasion, Lt General Daljit Singh, Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS), stated that there has been a long-standing need for mental health counseling for armed forces personnel, and now, with the dedicated Tele MANAS cell, armed forces personnel and their families will receive crucial mental health assistance 24×7, addressing their mental health concerns more effectively.

Addressing the event another senior official Aradhna Patnaik, AS & MD, MoHFW, underscored the significance of attending to the mental health concerns of the armed forces, considering their distinct mental health requirements.

Tele MANAS is the National Telemental Health Helpline (14416) of MoHFW which offers 24/7 tele-mental health services in each State and Union Territory (UT) for easy access to mental health support.

  • Published On Jun 5, 2024 at 01:44 PM IST

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