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Maharashtra mental health plan holds hands through rural distress


Under the Prerana mental health service scheme, which started in 2016, 46,542 farmers have been counselled in four years, and 11,304 hospitalised due to severe mental breakdown.

The Health Department has been running a scheme in 14 drought-hit districts including Latur, above, since 2016. (File Photo)

AS RURAL distress emerges as one of the issues in the coming Maharashtra elections, figures from a state Health Department scheme show that more than 45,000 farmers in the state’s 14 drought-prone districts have been diagnosed with depression in the past four years, of whom around one-fourth had to be ...


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