The Delhi Prison Administration in collaboration with an NGO - Mental Health Foundation and mentored by AIIMS had started the intensive counselling services on April 16 last year as part of 'Project Samarthan'.
DG (Prisons) of Tihar jail, Ajay Kashyap said, "One of the problems our inmates face in jail is the inability to cope with incarceration that leads to depression and mental stress. These are problems which need to be looked at"
"Last year we went into a partnership with AIIMS and Medical Health Foundation of India. Under this we started a project in which we started to concentrate on mental health of inmates coming into the prison system," he added.
The tools of the project has been developed on the guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
In last few years, prevalence of disorders have markedly increased in prisons due to many reasons like overcrowding, isolation from social network, insecurity about future, delayed judicial proceeding and poor mental health services in prison.
Through this process, the jail authority has witnessed a decrease in violent cases, disobedience of instruction of the jail staff and suicide cases.
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