Mental Health Act 2017 and Psychiatric Social Work Practice

  • Kamlesh Kumar Sahu Editor in Chief, Indian Journal of Psychiatric Social Work & Associate Professor & I/C PSW, Dept. of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh, India


The Mental Healthcare Act 2017[1] is an ambitious and progressive step in many ways. The Act guarantees to every person with mental illness, the right to access mental healthcare and treatment from the government. This right includes affordable, good quality, and easy access to facilities such as minimum mental health services. However, implementation will be a key challenge due to the lack of infrastructure and resources available in the country for the treatment of mental illness. The problem is aggravated due to the shortage of mental health care professionals - psychiatrist, psychologists, psychiatric social workers and psychiatric nurses.

Keywords: Mental Health Act 2017; Psychiatric Social Work, India

Dec 5, 2017
How to Cite
SAHU, Kamlesh Kumar. Mental Health Act 2017 and Psychiatric Social Work Practice. Indian Journal of Psychiatric Social Work, [S.l.], p. 1-2, dec. 2017. ISSN 0302-1610. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 feb. 2019. doi: