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Sustainable community mental health services: a description and review of an integrated care model in Uttar Pradesh, India

This paper describes a sustainable community mental health program delivering services integrated with primary health care in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Mental health services were integrated into the community-based primary health programs of Ramakrishna Mission, Varanasi (RKM) as part of the Jan Man Swasthya Program (JMSP) in 2013. The program was delivered with JMSP support for …

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Mental health impact of the COVID -19 pandemic on reverse migrant workers in Uttarakhand – A cross-sectional study

Accepted for publication in the Indian Journal of Social Psychology   The announcement of a nationwide lockdown in India in March 2020 in response to the CoVID-19 pandemic led to an exodus of migrant workers back to their homes. With the passage of several months, these reverse migrants eventually reached their homes and re-entered their …

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Models of Psychiatry: Science and Mythology of understanding mental disorder.

Published in Int J Contemporary Medicine (2018) Vol. 6 No. 1 (131-32) This article explores the concept of ‘truth’ as understood in scientific disciplines, and the implications it has on the evolution of the understanding of the mind and the brain. It draws parallels between the ways of understanding mythology and the way that models …

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The Role of Belief Systems and Shared Culture on Mental Health

Published in Int J Contemporary Medicine (2018) Vol. 6 No. 1 (128-30) This paper posits that the lived beliefs arising from the concept of the mythical Kashi can explain the adaptive social behaviors and support systems of the residents of modern-day Varanasi. Based on the cultural and mythological beliefs of the residents, the researcher points …

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Telepsychiatry in integrated care: A retrospective comparative study from Uttar Pradesh.

Publication under process Lack of affordable and accessible mental health care is a major contributor to a huge burden of mental health disorders in India. Integrating mental health into primary care is a model proposed to address this treatment gap. Tele-psychiatry can be a cost-effective modality to achieve the goal of integration. We compared the …

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Evaluation of postpartum depression using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in evaluation of postpartum depression in a rural community in India

Published in: International Journal of Social Psychiatry (1999) Vol. 46 No. 1 (74-75) Our findings suggested that several factors peculiar to our setting diminish the acceptability of an EPDS-like approach. An alternative approach to elicit the relevant symptoms could be an open-ended discussion centred around their family, with probes at appropriate junctures regarding negative feeling …

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