The government’s national mental health helpline Tele-MANAS has received more than 3.4 lakh calls since its launch in October last year with every three out of four callers belonging to the 18-45 age group. Around 74.4 per cent of the callers fall in the age group of 18 to 45 years.
Of the total 3,46,935 calls that were received, 55.8 per cent were from men while 44.2 per cent from women, according to the data. The toll-free helpline received an average of around 2,000 calls in a day and the major reasons for calling were sleep disturbances,
sadness of mood, stress related and anxiety in descending order.
At present, 44 Tele MANAS cells are operating through 33 states and Union Territories including Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Ladakh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, West Bengal,Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Assam.
The highest number of calls were handled by the Cell 104 helpline of Chennai’s Institute of Mental Health.