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Uttarakhand : Mental health related counseling will now start at all health and wellness centers – Secretary Health in-charge

Counseling and screening related to mental health is going to start soon at all health and wellness centers in Uttarakhand. This was stated by the Health Secretary in-charge of the State and Mission Director of the National Health Mission, Dr. R. Rajesh Kumar while giving information in the state level nutrition, lifestyle and management meeting. In the meeting organized at the National Health Mission Auditorium, Directorate General of Health, Dehradun, in view of the changing lifestyle, the health card along with the report card of the students of the school.

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Dr. R. In the meeting convened under the chairmanship of Rajesh Kumar, it was found by the experts present in government-non-government institutions that due to wrong eating habits and lack of mental / physical counseling, diseases like brain stroke, heart attack, diabetes (non-communicable diseases) are increasing. I have come. That is why it is necessary to adopt the right lifestyle in everyday life, so that the effects of these non-communicable diseases can be reduced. It was discussed in the meeting that such policies should be formulated by all the stakeholders along with the health department, other departments, under which policies should be taken to control mental diseases, stress, depression, tobacco control, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, etc. (Non-Communicable Diseases). While assessing, public awareness should be promoted.

Dr. Vartika Saxena, working in the field of public health, said that the incidence of obesity among women has almost doubled in the last decade. There is a need to increase physical activities, sports and games among adolescent girls. He told that there is also a need to promote breastfeeding so that diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity can be reduced. During the meeting, ideas were shared by the representatives of various departments on topics like healthy lifestyle, eat right, mental health, hypertension, diabetes, blood pressure, stress management, etc. for the prevention of non-communicable diseases in the state.

During this meeting, emphasis was laid on promoting behavior change, collective IEC, interpersonal communication, etc. Along with this, discussion was held on preparing ASHA workers as mental health counselors. Emphasis was also given to start health related counseling and screening at the school level. Director General of Health (In-Charge) Dr. Vinita Shah, Director National Health Mission Dr. Saroj Naithani, State Nodal Officers Dr. Fariduzfar, Dr. Sujata, Dr. Pankaj Singh, Dr. Kuldeep Martolia, Dr. Archana Ojha, Dr. Abhay Kumar, Dr. Mayank Barola, Dr. Tuhin Kumar, Dr. Amlesh Kumar Singh, Dr. Amit Shukla, Deputy Commissioner Food and Drug Administration, G.C. Kandwal, Dr. Neetu Kochhar, etc. Officers/a were present.