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Stalin launches MaNaM scheme


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin today

launched Mananala Nallaatharavu Mandram (MaNaM), a scheme

to provide psychological support for the medical college students

in the State.

The Chief Minister also launched various other facilities at the

Institute of Mental Health in the city.

Considering the risk in the suicides in the State, the mental health

support forum is also being set up in all the medical college hospitals

and the initiative also aims to train the students to attend to such

patients in the right way.

The programme aims at preventing suicides in the State.

Earlier, Health Minister Ma.Subramanian said the mental health forums

will constitute of a committee of all department heads, assistant professors

and students, including the principal of the medical college, the head of

the psychiatry department and measures will be taken to improve the

mental health of the students.

Innovative trainings for students’ well-being will be provided, including

skill development programmes, he said.

The scheme “MaNaM” will help the students to contact a mental health

expert with the helpline 14416 if they require counselling.

The scheme is planned to be expanded to other colleges and schools in

the near future.

The Chief Minister also flagged off 75 upgraded ambulances by the GVK

EMRI 108 ambulance service, equipped with modern life saving equipments

at the Institute.

An intermediate care center for the inmates at a cost of Rs. 2.36 crore was

also inaugurated by the Chief Minister. It is a 14 room facility. The already

functioning “Half Way Home” is a home for many inmates who are not

accepted by the family and was upgraded recently to be launched officially.

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