The Gandhinagar District Health Department, in an order on October 8, approved the proposal of Raksha Shakti University (RRU) for Criminology and Behavioral Sciences to provide mental health services from a Primary Health Center (PHC) at Gandhinagar.
Apart from providing regular services, PHC in Dehgam taluka of Gandhinagar will also provide mental health services with professionals from Sampa RRU, which will serve the general population in the area, thus enabling access to these services for the rural population.
Dr SL Via, director of the School of Criminology and Behavioral Sciences at RRU, had sent a proposal to the Gandhinagar district authorities a month ago, seeking a designated PHC to provide such services, as RRU was already clinical. and forensics provides outside services in both cases. school.
The district authority’s approval comes two days before World Mental Health Day, which is observed on October 10.
Dr. Viaya says, “Primary Health Center Sampa is just five kilometers (away from the university campus) and (a) as a mental health professional I felt it is our responsibility to cater to the rural population as well. There is a shortage of mental health professionals. It is difficult to reach the taluka level due to the Requested for extension I sent the proposal as follows (to Gandhinagar District Health Department).