Admin rolls out Mental Health Self Assessment questionnaire for public

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SRINAGAR: Divisional Administration Kashmir in collaboration with Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences Kashmir  (IMHANS-K) has revealed a questionnaire to help people to self-assess their level of anxiety and psycho social distress, insomnia disorder in current second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

The  questionnaire is formulated in English  and is based on easily understood questions for wider public  reach. People accessing this questionnaire are assessed anonymously and will get their scores as green, orange and red.

People are requested to have their Self Assessment through the link : https://docs.google.com/forms.

The Self Assessment  questionnaire is a part of ongoing   tele-psychiatry  initiative   started by the Divisional  Administration  to treat and counsel patients with pre existing mental health problems such as anxiety , depression , bipolar disorders , paranoia etc .

The initiative has witnessed a huge flow of calls for Tele – Psychiatry consultations  which was started in the Kashmir Division  in view of the  rise in Mental Health issues .

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir  Pandurang  K Pole  has been pivotal   in making this initiative a reality and was devised under his guidance in view of numerous national and international reports depicting adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health of general population.

While rolling out the online self assessment questionnaire , Divisional Commissioner   said that the  health response of Kashmir  amid this pandemic has been exceptional and pioneering in many respect and mental health response has been one of the top priority of current administration.

Head of the Department ,IMHANS  said that  people should benefit from the  questionnaire   for  having the self assessment of their mental well being besides people falling in orange and red categories should seek help  Tele- psychiatry  Helpline.

He added  that the initiative has treated thousands of  people and has been effective in settling the mental health issues of people including those with pre existing mental illnesses.

Earlier  a team of psychiatrists / psychologists counselling has been started   to help  people  currently in home  situation, guide about precautions, maintaining Covid behaviour,  precautions   and assist general public on living a healthy life during the pandemic.

The team of consultants from department of Psychiatry IMHANS-K, GMC Srinagar  including  Dr Mohammad Maqbool (Prof & Head) are   available on his phone number- 7889818196, while as Dr Yasir Hussain on 7006690548, Dr Rayees Ahmad- 6005027377, Dr Junaid Nabi-9797199799, Dr Altaf Ahmad- 7006244948, Dr Shabir Ahmad- 7006296837  and Dr Fazle shall be available on 9696028541.

While as a team of Psychologists including Dr Sadaqat Rehman- 9419038368, Masood Maqbool- 6006175374 and Aijaz Ahmad- 7006314064 shall be available to the general public on Monday, Thursday and Saturday respectively.