Awareness Programs & Sessions
The Sindh Mental Health Authority has conducted more than fifty and patronized similar number of activities which includes Seminars, visits, meetings (Formal & Informal), visit to Eidhi Home, AAS NGO & other NGO’s and trainings. visit included Services Hospital Karachi, Sindh Hospital Karachi, Karwan-e-Hayat – Institute for Mental Health Care and LUMHS Hyderabad, Sir Cowasjee Jahangir Institute of Psychiatry Hyderabad besides multiple webinars. These activities highlighted the issues related to serious mental health including suicide prevention. Awareness programs , sessions and lectures were organized in Civil Hospital Karachi, JPMC Karachi and Institute of Behavioral Sciences for doctors , Psychiatrist government and Private Institutions in all over Sindh. The awareness Sessions and Seminars were also organized at Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mitthi and other places in Sindh Province.
The Sindh Mental Health Authority has established two Helplines with universal access numbers(UAN) that are for the provision of virtual services regarding Mental Health issues at JPMC Karachi and Sir Cowasjee Institute of Psychiatry at Hyderabad. These helplines are open from 9 am to 3 pm at present and will be extended gradually to 24 hours.
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on 13th May 2020 Inaugurated the Help line number as under:
021 111 117 642(SMHA) for JPMC Karachi
022 111 117 642(SMHA) for Sir Cowasjee Institute of Psychiatry Hyderabad.
Opening of Psychiatry Wards
The Sindh Mental Health Authority has worked tirelessly for establishment of psychiatry wards in all Government hospitals in this regard on the recommendation of Authority separate Psychiatry wards are now open in Government Qatar hospital Karachi ,Child psychiatry ward Nagan Chowrangi Karachi and Psychiatry ward in Mitthi , A Transgender ward in Sir CowasJee Institute of Psychiatry.
On the recommendation of Sindh Mantel Health Authority psychiatry ward at Nawabshah (Benazirabad) is under process .
Professional Development Training on Mental Health to psychiatrist and Doctors
The Sindh Mental Health Authority have trained 200 males & female doctors at MITHI focusing prevention of suicide, depression for 2 days.
Many doctors have been trained and other trainings in whole province are in progress. These doctors have been given awareness and diagnosis information on Depression, Anxiety, Suicide prevention, bipolar disorder, addiction, Schizophrenia. and child psychiatry (due to Covid-19 the process has been delayed)
The Sindh Mental Health Authority had sent Rules(Amended) and regulation to cabinet through Health and Law departments final approval is awaited.
The Sindh Mental Health Authority have signed a MOU where LUMHS will give three sessions of time slot in a week, where Psychiatrist and Psychologist can speak (F.M Radio) and create awareness about mental health in these session we will discuss COVID-19 and address any recent issues in the public.
SMHA, for the improvement of environment, as signed MoU with the Sindh Heath Department, Sindh Forest Department and LUMHS Jamshoro for the establishment of urban forest on approximately 5 acres area at Sir C.J. Institute Hyderabad.
Role Of Sindh Mental Health Authority For Sir Cowasjee Jahangir Institute of Psychiatry
The SMHA has played a vital role in enhancing the status of Sir CowasJee Jehangir Institute of Psychiatry through Act Passed by Sindh Assembly as autonomous, independent & Degree Awarding Institute.
- Request to Call a meeting To Chief Secretory Sindh. Dated (11-February-2019)
- Minutes Of The Meeting Under Chairmanship Of Chief Secretary Sindh. Dated(12-April-2019)
- 2nd Follow Up Meeting. Dated (20-June-2019)
- 3rd Follow Up Meeting. Dated (12-December-2019)
- Sir Cowasjee Jehangir Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Bill 2019
Also Available on http://sindhlaws.gov.pk/GazetteDetail.aspx?X=ACT&Year=2020