Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Patients Struggle To Get Health Care Coverage

Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Patients Struggle To Get Health Care Coverage

Its a spectrum disorder, its not something that develops or just happens, Plotnick said. My brother doesnt work, he doesnt go to school. He sits at home and plays video games all day. So trying to help him figure out what he wants to do with his life is important. A case manager can do that, McCoy added. A case manager would be provided through a government resource center.
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Mental health helpline launched in Surat

They are supported by experienced psychiatrists. Subsequently in October 2011, a second center of the helpline was established in Delhi. Since inception the counselors on the helpline have handled in excess of fifty thousand calls covering a variety of mental health conditions as well as those seeking information. With the launch of its third center in Surat the helpline’s services are now available to Guajaratis in their mother-tongue. Advanced telecommunications and IT link all three centers of Mumbai, Surat and Delhi ensuring calls are handled by the right center. The chief guest, Commissioner of Police (Surat) lauded the joint initiative of the Gujarat police and the Vandrevala Foundation, saying “This was a much needed initiative in Gujarat and it will help Police reach out to the common man.” Pradeep Shejul, SP (Rural) of the Gujarat Police said on the occasion, “We are pleased to launch this new initiative in community services by the Police. The experience and technical involvement of the Vandrevala Foundation has been critical in this joint effort to provide help to mental health sufferers and their families in the State.
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New Incentive Challenge Offers Prize for Ideas to Increase Awareness and Utilization of Mental Health Services

Although mental disorders contribute more to the global burden of noncommunicable disease than cardiovascular disease or cancer,[1] the vast majority of countries allocate less than 2% of their health budgets to mental health.[2] Among mental health disorders, unipolar depression[3] is one of the most common and debilitating, affecting an estimated 5% of the population or 350 million people worldwide. Anxiety disorders are diagnosed in nearly half of all clinical depression cases.[4] Despite efforts on the part of governments, healthcare advocates, and policy makers, a persistent lack of awareness and demand among patients and families for adequate mental health services and the underutilization of the services that do exist continue at both the state and local level. This Challenge, therefore, specifically seeks bold and innovative ideas that have the potential to significantly increase the utilization of available evidence-based services for diagnosis and treatment among individuals aged 15 – 44 with depression and anxiety disorders. Ideas should be culturally appropriate and feasible to implement in low-resource settings.
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