National Mental Health Programme (NMHP)

Activities Under District Mental Health Programme-Tamil Nadu

  • We have established a ten bed psychiatric ward at All Government Head Quarters Hospitals of DMHP Implemented Districts to treat any kind of major Psychiatric Illness.

  • Specialized Clinic for Counseling and Psychotherapy was also established in all the Govt. Head Quarters Hospital.

  • Basic psychiatric treatment was initiated at PHCs level where essential psychiatric medicines were available which is not feasible in any other part of the country.

  • A mobile psychiatric team comprising of a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychiatric Social worker and pharmacist is formed.

  • Weekly Psychiatric clinic is conducted in all the Taluk level Govt. Hospitals of DMHP implemented districts

Children with Developmental Disorder (Autism)

Under NRHM innovative scheme this special project was approved in the year 2011-12. This Pilot Project is implemented through NGO M.S.Chellamuthu Trust & Research Foundation with technical support on training from NIMHANS, establishing 4 Child Guidance Clinics in the hospital setup at a cost of Rs.100.54 lakhs. The programe has been started during June 2012. Children with autism are usually branded as mentally retarded and are socially separated. To reduce such event of branding Autism as mental retardation this project is piloted.


  • Establishment of Child Guidance Clinic- the repair and renovation works in 4 Child Guidance Clinics have been completed.

  • The distribution of survey formats and reporting formats among the field staff (AWW/VHN in 15 Blocks) has been completed.

  • The identification of Developmental Disorders with Children has been started from 1.6.2013.

  • Block Level Steering Committee meeting have been conducted by the concerned Block Medical Officer/ Urban Medical Officer on 3rd Tuesday every month.

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