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India launches mental health policy to improve access to services

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6471 (Published 27 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6471
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

The Indian government has launched its first mental health policy to facilitate universal access to services. Until now access had been available only to the richest people in society, said health minister Harsh Vardhan.

The new policy, launched on 10 October, also aims to improve the understanding of mental health across India and to strengthen leadership in the field of mental healthcare in the country. It is backed by the Mental Health Action …

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