Health Minister C.Vijaya Baskar declared open a Psychological Counselling Centre at the Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy Memorial Government Hospital,Pudukottai here on Tuesday under the District Mental Health Programme. It would offer counselling and support to persons facing mental health problems. It would have a psychiatrist, a psychologist, psychiatric social worker and nurses.
He said all districts in the State have psychological centres to offer counselling to those facing mental health problem. Besides, persons with mental illness would be offered psychiatric treatment. The medical college hospital here has a 24-hour emergency psychiatric wing. Those requiring psychological counselling can dial 9486067686. A suicide prevention helpline 104 was functional in the state and support is extended right at the door step of persons with suicidal tendencies.
While inaugurating an upgraded Maternity and Child Health Wing at the Government Ranee’s Maternity Hospital, he said that the government had said that centres of excellence in maternal and child health would be established at 10 places in the State.