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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 143-145

Three tier mental health-care service delivery during COVID-19 pandemic in India


1 Department of Public Health, Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Public Health, Parul Institute of Public Health, Parul University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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Apurvakumar Pandya
Indian Institute of Public Health, Opp. Air Force Headquarter, Gandhinagar-Chiloda Highway, Near Lekawada Bus Stop, Gandhinagar-382 042, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jmhhb.jmhhb_70_20

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The world is concerned about managing COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. The COVID-19 has not only affected physical health and the economy but impacted the mental health of people globally. It has created a parallel epidemic of psychological distress. Experts envision a gigantic influx of patients needing mental health care, with needs far greater than the nation's existing public health systems can deal with. This paper discusses Indian scenario of mental health issues fueled by COVID-19 pandemic and strategies to address mental health emergency by adopting unconventional sustainable measures and formally integrating mental health into public health preparedness and emergency response plans of the country.


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