Service Providers' Perception of Barriers to Access Mental Health Services
Background: The literature shows that mental health services are yet not adequate and whatever is available is underutilized in India. The aim of the study was to identify the available mental health services; barriers to utilize and deliver mental health service and explore the strategies for effective delivery of mental health services. Methodology: The Expert Interview and Key Informant Interview were the methods of data collection. A standardized script for conducting the interviews was developed based on literature review and discussion with experienced qualitative researchers as per the objectives of the study. Results: The main themes identified under the study were - mental health services, services & facilities under District Mental Health Programme, mental health services in primary health centres, barriers to utilizing mental health services, policy-level barriers to provide mental health services, recommendations and suggestions from service providers to improve mental health service system. Conclusion: There are multiple barriers, which need to be addressed effectively. There is a need to create a network among all stakeholders.
Keywords: Mental health service, district mental health programme, India
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