National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences

Bengaluru, India


Focus areas: Mental Health   Addiction/Substance Use   Psychiatry   Road to Recovery (R2R)   Women Mental Health   Alcohol   Drug Addiction   Tobacco Cessation   Integrated Mental Health  

Addiction is emerging as a serious health problem in India. While there is an explosion in the scientific knowledge in this area, there is a huge gap in the treatment due to lack of skilled resources. There is a significant disparity in the standards of care and underutilization of the available treatment.

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), a multidisciplinary institute for patient care and academic pursuit in the field of mental health and neurosciences acknowledges this gap and has partnered with ECHO India Trust to start VKN NIMHANS ECHO clinics. Using the ECHO modelä, NIMHANS aims to expand the capacity to provide best patient care for addiction and mental health among healthcare professionals and assess the outcomes in India.

The VKN NIMHANS ECHO clinic is a weekly clinic adapting a continuous interactive process to help develop the required skills. The key objectives of this clinic are to reduce the variations in standard of care, sharing of “best practice” models, sharing of “wisdom” along with “clinical practice guidelines” and continued handholding and development of a learning loop rather than a single or few sessions.

NIMHANS is currently running teleECHO clinics on various aspects of Mental Health. They have also collaborated with the government of Bihar to mentor the government psychiatrists on a regular basis. The governments of Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are in touch with them to start similar projects with their psychiatrists.

84 spokes across India attending 26 clinics


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Active Clinics @ NIMHANS


VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Road to Recovery (R2R) Rehabilitation Psychiatry

Mental Health Psychiatry Road to Recovery (R2R)


Schedule
Monthly, On The Fourth Friday
Led by
Dr. Deepak J
Hub Experts
Dr. Jagadisha T,
Dr Sivakumar T
Coordinators
Lakshmanan
Program Manager

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Womens' Mental Health

Mental Health Women Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The Third Friday
Led by
Dr. Geetha Desai
Hub Experts
Dr. P. Chandra

VKN NIMHANS ICMR ECHO for DMHP Karnataka (for Psychiatrists)

Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The First Saturday,Monthly, On The Third Saturday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand

VKN NIMHANS ICMR ECHO for DMHP Karnataka (for Community nurses & social health workers)

Mental Health


Schedule
Weekly, Each Thursday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand

Motivational Interviewing (MI): A tool for Behavioral Change

Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The Second Wednesday,Monthly, On The Fourth Wednesday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand

Psychotropic Medications a GP should know

Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The First Wednesday,Monthly, On The Third Wednesday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand

VKN NIMHANS Chhattisgarh Counsellors ECHO

Psychiatry


Schedule
Monthly, On The Second Monday,Monthly, On The Fourth Monday
Led by
Sandeepa Kaur




Completed Clinics @ NIMHANS


VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Addiction & Mental Health

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use


Schedule
Weekly, Each Tuesday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Hub Experts
Dr. P. Murthy,
Dr. Vivek Benegal,
Dr. Arun K
Coordinators
Lakshmanan
Program Manager
Kubenthiran
IT

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Bihar Alcohol I

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use Alcohol


Schedule
Ad Hoc
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Hub Experts
Dr. Mallikarjuna,
Dr. P. Murthy,
Dr. Jayant A,
Dr. Ashfaq A
Coordinators
Lakshmanan
Program Manager

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Bihar Drug II

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use Drug Addiction


Schedule
Monthly, On The Second Wednesday,Monthly, On The Fourth Wednesday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand,
Dr. Mallikarjuna
Hub Experts
Dr. P. Murthy,
Dr. Vivek Benegal,
Dr. Arun K
Coordinators
Aurobind
IT

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Bihar DMHP for Doctors

Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The First Wednesday,Monthly, On The Third Wednesday
Led by
Dr. Naveen CK
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Coordinators
Aurobind
IT

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - GoK Tobacco

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use Tobacco Cessation


Schedule
Monthly, On The Second Friday,Monthly, On The Fourth Friday
Led by
Dr. Narasimha
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Coordinators
Mamatha
Program Manager

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Chattisgarh Integrated Mental Health & Addiction (Blended Certificate)

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use Integrated Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The First Wednesday,Monthly, On The Third Wednesday
Led by
Dr. J. Menon
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand,
Dr. Naveen CK
Coordinators
Aurobind
IT
Kanika
Program Manager
Sandeepa Kaur
Program Manager

Bihar Drug ECHO for Counsellors

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use Drug Addiction


Schedule
Monthly, On The Second Thursday,Monthly, On The Fourth Thursday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand,
Dr. Mallikarjuna
Hub Experts
Dr. P. Murthy,
Dr. Vivek Benegal,
Dr. Arun K
Coordinators
Aurobind
IT
Sandeepa Kaur
Program Manager

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Chattisgarh Integrated Mental Health & Addiction for Counsellors (Blended Certificate)

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use Integrated Mental Health


Schedule
Every 2 Months, On The Second Thursday,Monthly, On The Fourth Thursday
Led by
Dr. J. Menon
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand,
Dr. Naveen CK
Coordinators
Aurobind
IT
Kanika
Program Manager
Sandeepa Kaur
Program Manager

Chattisgarh- IMA for Doctors (Batch 2)

Integrated Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The First Wednesday,Monthly, On The Third Wednesday
Led by
Dr. B. Bairy
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Coordinators
Aurobind
IT

Chhattisgarh - IMA for Counsellors (Level 1)

Integrated Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The First Monday,Monthly, On The Third Monday
Led by
Kanika
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand

Chhattisgarh - IMA for Counsellors (Level 2)

Integrated Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The First Thursday,Monthly, On The Third Thursday
Led by
Sandeepa Kaur
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand,
Dr. Naveen CK
Coordinators
Aurobind
IT

Bihar DMHP ECHO for Counsellors (Blended DMHP Certificate)

Integrated Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The First Thursday,Monthly, On The Third Thursday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Coordinators
Aurobind
IT

Bihar Drug ECHO for Counsellors (Level 2)

Drug Addiction


Schedule
Monthly, On The Second Monday,Monthly, On The Fourth Monday
Led by
Sandeepa Kaur
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Coordinators
Aurobind
IT

Combined programme for Bihar & Chhattisgarh: Integrated Mental Health and Addiction for DMHP Counsellors

Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The First Thursday,Monthly, On The Third Thursday
Led by
Sandeepa Kaur
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand

Foundation of Addiction (ECHO Digital Course)

Mental Health


Schedule
Weekly, Each Tuesday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand,
Dr. Mallikarjuna

Bihar Drug ECHO III for Doctors

Drug Addiction


Schedule
Monthly, On The Second Wednesday,Monthly, On The Fourth Wednesday
Led by
Sandeepa Kaur
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand

Combined Bihar & Chhattisgarh DMHP Doctors ECHO

Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly, On The First Wednesday,Monthly, On The Third Wednesday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Coordinators
Aurobind
IT

NIMHANS ECHO Tobacco Cessation for Dentists ECHO

Addiction/Substance Use


Schedule
Weekly, Each Friday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Coordinators
Aurobind
IT

VKN NIMHANS ECHO Digital Course: Foundation of Addiction Management (FOAM)

Mental Health


Schedule
Weekly, Each Tuesday
Led by
Dr. Prabhat Chand