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President emphasizes need for formulation of national mental health policy

President Dr Arif Alvi has emphasized the need for formulation of a national mental health policy to address mental health issues in Pakistan.

He was chairing a follow-up meeting on mental health in Pakistan, in Islamabad today.

The President emphasized need for an integrated approach on all mental health-related programs and initiatives to effectively address mental health challenge being faced by country.

A detailed presentation by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination on the National Mental Health App ‘Humraaz’ highlighted that more than 240,000 calls had been received since its launch in April 2023.

The President appreciated the launching of ‘Humraaz’ that is providing mental health assistance and counselling services to the people in need.

He called for improving the effectiveness of the ‘Humraaz’ app, besides strengthening the mental health support system in the country.

Source: Radio Pakistan