Community Mental Health: A Case Study

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Mental health is not just the absence of mental illness. It is as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope up with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make contribution to his or her own community (WHO, 2014).


Community mental health is a approach in which the care and services are being provided to the mentally ill patient from the community itself. In this the care is not being provided by any other external factor away at the community. In the community mental health the care is based on the psycho social model. This is a initiative taken from the community people itself for providing care and support to
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Quick identification of the diseases on time and treatment and cure of the mentally ill patients in the community only.
To remove the stigma towards the mentally ill patients prevailing in the society through the creating proper awareness and imparting the mental health knowledge.
To cure and to redeem the mentally ill patients in the community itself.
To take over the stress and strain of the various mental hospitals.

The main goals of DMHP was to provide training to the mental health professionals such as doctors.
To provide the mental health services with the help of the primary health care to the complete district.
To empower the DMHP through adolescent mental health programme which promotes students, intervene the children with emotional problems, giving counselling to the school children.

Types of services provided by the district mental health program to the mentally ill patients and their relatives are as follows:-

Consultancy for the outdoor and external patients everyday (OPD).
Ten bedded in care facility
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The programme proved to be accomplishing. The main aim of decentralising the care and services related to the mental health from the city to district levels, from hospitals to colleges and the collaboration of mental health care and services with the common health services was fulfilled by the efforts of the DMHP. Therefore this decentralisation process resulted to be beneficial to the patients and their relatives who had to travel long distances for their treatment now the travel distances have been reduced. There were also systems that indicated the stress that the mental hospitals experiences. After the execution of the programmes the pressure of the mental illness was reducing. There is a requirement of the powerful support system and monitoring, regulation and evaluation system. It also showed that the funds were not

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