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Budget 2022: Govt To Launch National Tele Mental Health Program

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2022-23 in the Lok Sabha, at Parliament.

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Recognising the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the Centre will be launching a National Tele Mental Health program.

"The pandemic has accentuated mental health problems in people of all ages. To better the access to quality mental health counseling and care services, a National Tele Mental Health program will be launched," the finance minister said in her Budget 2022 speech at the Parliament today.

Further, the Finance Minister said that the National Tele Mental Health programme will include a network of 23 Tele mental health centres of excellence. Nimhans to be the nodal centre and IIIT Bangalore will provide technological support for the mental health programme.

FM Sitharaman on Tuesday unveiled the budget for fiscal 2022-23, which aims to boost growth amid continued disruption from COVID-19 and rising inflation.