Tihar Jail to adopt international mental health programme for prisoners

The Tihar Jail in New Delhi will soon adopt the World Health Organization’s Psychological First Aid (PFA) programme to sensitize its inmates towards mental health issues.

The project is called Samarthan It will enable inmates with mental health issues to access expert medical assistance from the staff working in the prisons.

The programme will be carried out under the guidance of Dr Nand Kumar, who is a professor of psychiatry in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Mental Health Foundation, a medical professional, and prison staff working in Tihar.

The PFA programme, developed by the WHO, aims to provide supportive and practical assistance to people in crisis situations.

Tihar Jail will become the second such institution after the Pennsylvania State Penitentiary in the United States to adopt the programme.

The prison staff will be trained to provide assistance to those who are depressed or facing mental health issues.

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