A pilot project has been proposed under which a family ward is to be set up at the government-run mental hospitals in various cities, which will allow a family member of an inmate to stay at the hospital, ensuring better recovery of the patient.
Such wards have already been launched at the government-run hospital in Thane, and now, the project is underway to set up family wards along the lines of the open wards at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), the largest regional mental hospital at Yerawada, Pune.
As reported by a national tabloid, The Indian Express, Dr Sadhana Tayade, Additional Director of Health (mental health) said that, “Support from family members and regular intake of medicines can go a long way in stabilising and rehabilitating the patient in the community.”
“The main goal is to work towards setting up halfway homes, which allow people to begin the process of reintegration with society while they are still being monitored and provided support. Initially, we are planning to introduce family wards because it has been noticed that several patients had no relatives at all,” added Tayade.
A significant step towards this will be taken in October, as World Mental Health Day falls on October 10 and Mental Health Awareness Week is observed in the first week of the month.
Tayade further told that family wards will also be introduced at the government-run mental hospitals in Nagpur and Ratnagiri.