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Fact sheet

Innovative provision of primary mental health care in rural India

SMART Mental Health Programme
Mental health Monitoring and evaluation Telehealth India
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A factsheet which describes the innovative provision of primary mental health care in rural India.


The project is led by the George Institute India and funders include the National Health and Medical Research Australia, Wellcome Trust/DBY India alliance and Grand Challenges Canada


The project aims to evaluate two main components:

1. A community-based campaign to reduce stigma associated with mental illness

2. A primary healthcare working intervention using using a mobile device based support system to treat those over 18 years old with common mental disorders (CMD).


• The preliminary work for this project commenced in early 2014, involving over 50,000 participants in over 40 villages.

From 2018 the strategy will be tested over four years in a large randomised trial in Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.

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