Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely. The Himachal Pradesh High Court directed all district police chiefs to set up an online portal and a toll-free telephone number for creating awareness about the Mental Healthcare Act of 2017.
The portal and the telephone will help people furnish information regarding the mentally challenged.
The court also directed the Superintendents of Police, Director General of Police and the state government to file an affidavit each regarding the compliance of the order by January 5.
During the hearing, the court observed that under Section 23 of the Act, each police station in-charge is required to take into protection any person wandering and is also required to take care of the people whom he has a reason to believe are mentally challenged and incapable of taking care of themselves.
The court said that due to the geographical conditions of the state, it might not be possible for every police officer to locate such people. Therefore, it is the equal duty and responsibility of every citizen to inform the police officer about the whereabouts of such people.