A mental health centre was launched on Friday to promote research, capacity building and improving the quality of life of the mentally disabled patients.
Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), supported by research grant from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), US, launched the centre, which will offer a platform for various mental health initiatives.
"There is a huge gap between the burden and the availability of appropriate mental services in the country, hope the newly launched Centre for Mental Health will bridge this gap and it will scale up mental health care," Syeda Hameed, member, planning commission said.
The centre will be a collaborative network of institutions in south Asia, which will promote research, building capacity and advocacy for mental, neurological and substance use disorders.
"PHFI has already recognised mental health as one of the priority research areas and had constituted a Mental Health Special Interest Group four years ago. The new Centre of Excellence will further bolster this initiative," PHFI President K. Srinath Reddy said.