Mental health services in India are neglected area which needs immediate attention from the Government, policymakers, and civil society organizations. Despite, National Mental Health Programme since 1982 and National Rural Health Mission, there has been very little efforts so far to provide mental health services in rural areas. With increase in population, changing life-style, unemployment, lack of social support and increasing insecurity, it is predicted that there would be a substantial increase in the number of people suffering from mental illness in rural areas. Considering the mental health needs of the rural community and the treatment gap, it is an attempt to remind and advocate for rural mental health services and suggest a model to reduce the treatment gap.
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