National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) #AtoZChallenge

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NIMHANS.

National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, or NIMHANS for short, is a name that people in India are familiar with. It is the apex centre for mental illnesses’ treatment and studying about neurological sciences. It is located in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

History.

Charles Irving Smith, a surgeon from England is the reason NIMHANS stands where it does today. In 1800s, the British and French had started opening mental asylums across various cities. Smith was inspired by them and he convinced his senior officials to develop one in the city he was posted at then. Hence, the Bangalore Mental Asylum developed and became the first attempt at institutionalizing treatment of mental illnesses in the city. It followed the various mental asylums that had been built by the British East India Company in India.
By the early 1930s, the asylum was running to full capacity and receiving over 100 admissions every year from across India. After the First World War, it was moved to its current location, for which the foundation stone was laid by the Mysore King Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV. It was initially called ‘Government Mental Hospital’ and found its first Indian psychiatric superintendent in Dr Frank Noronha. He was supported by prominent psychiatrist Dr MV Govindaswamy. In 1974, the amalgamation of this hospital with the All India Institute of Mental Health led to the formation of NIMHANS.

Present State.

NIMHANS has produced more than 1,000 Psychiatrists, about 600 Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatric Nurses so far. Most of the reviews are positive and bring a breath of fresh air for patients. People who haven’t been to psychiatrists before are anxious while facing them. The stigma attached to even visiting a psychiatrist is so great that it is sometimes considered a big step in recovery for people to agree to seeing doctors.
The patient load is huge and there are often shortages of staff members. This shortage ranges from nurses to doctors and sweepers. Even with all these hurdles to face, NIMHANS has rarely been in the eye of the ire of people. The institute also plays a role in making national policies and state policies on mental health. It also helps in setting up new facilities in cities that lack a proper public mental health institute.
NIMHANS has also gained a lot of repute for its contribution to research and its various scientific publications. In the period of 2013-14, nearly 770 scientific articles were published under the guidance of NIMHANS.

Objectives.

As per the NIMHANS Act, 2012, NIMHANS has been granted the status of an institute of national importance and has the following as its objectives,

  • Provide undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in medicine and other allied sciences;
  • Provide facilities for the teaching of humanities;
  • Conduct experiments on new methods of medical education;
  • Specify courses and curricula for undergraduate and postgraduate studies;
  • To make an in-depth study and research in the field of mental health, neurosciences and allied specialties.

Since NIMHANS is a public institute, it is obvious that the charges for treatment are next to nothing. This makes mental illness treatment available to the masses. This does lead to a heavy toll for the doctors and nurses working there but with the quality they have maintained over the years, it is important to mention that they deserve a round of applause from all of us.
Now that mental illness treatment is available to all, the next step is to sensitize people and make them feel comfortable in using this treatment when they feel like they need it.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/dr-charles-smiths-1847-facility-for-mentally-ill-became-nimhans/articleshow/62064964.cms


10 Comments

syncwithdeep · April 15, 2018 at 11:49 PM

Sharing this among my group. Useful post Arjun. Thanks:)

    knightofsteel · April 16, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Thanks a lot Deepa 🙂

      syncwithdeep · April 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM

      My pleasure Arjun:)

company · April 16, 2018 at 2:24 AM

this institution serves needy in a very dedicated manner.nice of you to share it.

An@m! · April 16, 2018 at 8:23 AM

Very useful and informative post. We need more such institutes.

    knightofsteel · April 16, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    We could always do with more of them

Anagha Yatin · April 16, 2018 at 11:19 AM

Very heartening to know that such an institute exists and serves the noble cause.

    knightofsteel · April 16, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    There is now an institute in Delhi as well called IBHAS. The two are premier mental health institutes in the country as of now

CRD · April 16, 2018 at 9:03 PM

Not much is being done for mental health. Of course, we now have psychiatrists, but there is always a taboo associated with visiting practitioners. More institutes like NIMHANS will probably send out the message that mental illnesses are more common than they are being perceived.

    knightofsteel · April 16, 2018 at 11:24 PM

    I have often heard the same issue. People don’t want to go to the psychiatrist because they are tabooed. The more accessible they are to the poor, the better the state of mental health in India

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