According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over a third of people in most countries meet criteria for one or more of the common types of mental disorders at some time in their life. Neuropsychiatric conditions account for 14% of the global burden of disease and an analysis of trends indicates this will increase to 15% by 2020 (World Health Report, 2001). Among non-communicable diseases, they account for 28% of the DALY's (Disability Adjusted Life Year) — more than cardiovascular disease or cancer. The most important causes of disability due to health-related conditions worldwide include unipolar depression, alcoholism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and dementia. In low- and middle-income countries, these conditions represent a total of 19.1% of all disability related to health conditions. Although many effective interventions for the treatment of mental disorders are available and awareness about mental disorders has risen, the proportion of those who need mental health care but who do not receive it remains very high. This so-called "treatment gap" is estimated to reach about 76-85% for low- and middle-income countries. To address these issues the Indian government has launched the National Mental Health Program (NMHP) and The District Mental Health Program (DMHP) and spend up to 300 crores until the current (11th ) five year plan.


Among the 32 districts in Tamilnadu, Tiruvannamalai ranks 13 in population, closer to Madurai, Trichy, Villuppuram and Cuddalore with around 25 lakhs people (2011). But when comes to mental health facility, While nearby districts have easy accessibility to various practicing psychiatrists and psychiatric settings, Tiruvannamalai do not have any fulltime psychiatrist or complete psychiatric setup. So, people in need go all the way to Vellore, Chennai, Trichy and Puducherry. Also despite high prevalence of alcohol related disorders (addiction) in Tiruvannamalai, there is no single de addiction centre available.

Need of the hour:

Realizing the shortage of mental health professionals and the mounting need for mental health care in Tiruvannamalai, APPA MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY was started on oct-10th 2013 as a 15 bedded psychiatric nursing home in the town of Tiruvannamalai with a vision to develop in to a holistic mental health care delivery which involves separate De-addiction centre, rehabilitation (daycare) centre, homage for the chronic mentally ill and special school for the differently abled children in the long run.

Current status:

As the demand increases, we have started the APPA De-addiction centre and APPA rehabilitation centre with day care facility separately. Also have started APPA special education unit to give part time training & therapy for Students with learning dysfunction.

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