TN launched the MaNaM initiative to assist medical students with their psychological support. It prevents the students from committing suicide.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister (CM) MK Stalin launched Mananalam Nalladhaarvu Mandram (MaNaM) on Thursday ( 22nd December ). The significant aim of MaNaM is to assist students who are studying medicines and help them to provide mental health advice when they feel suicidal tendencies.
Along with the initial launch, Chief Minister Stalin flagged off 75 upgraded Ambulances of GVK EMRI 108 ambulance service at the cost of ₹ 22.84 crores, which come equipped with modern life-saving devices effective in saving lives. The CM also inaugurated the intermediate care centre for the Institute of Mental Health’s inmates. According to officials, it comes with 14 rooms which are said to be established at the cost of ₹ 2.36 crore with modern facilities. Further, ‘The Half Way Home’, which is functioning to accommodate the recovered patients who were not accepted by their families, has also been upgraded.
About MaNaM Initiative
“The MaNaM aims to prevent suicides and suicidal tendencies among the students and also to tackle their mental health issues in all the 36 government medical colleges across the State,” said Health Minister Ma Subramanian.
Under this programme, peer counsellors would be roped in to identify students with mental distress and provide them with psychological support. A team comprising a professor and 10 students would be established in each college for the purpose, Subramanian said.
“Initially, MaNaM will be implemented in all the medical colleges and gradually expanded to the arts and science colleges,” Subramanian added.
MaNaM helpline number is 14416. This helpline number was also Tweeted on CMO TAMILNADU Handle.