There are three aspects relevant to the 11th Five Year Plan that call for attention, (i) what is currently known about mental disorders and mental health interventions (ii) what are the salient aspects of the first 25 years of the NMHP and (iii) what should be the focus of the 11th Five Year Plan.
Prior to the formulation of the NMHP in 1982, there was growing recognition of the need to develop Indian models for mental health care.
During the first 10 years of the NMHP, the initial small scale models of care were systematically evaluated and a district level model was developed in the Bellary district of Karnataka.
Though professionals have accepted the NMHP, the effort to give a solid foundation to the DMHP is still insufficient.
The excellent models of disaster mental health care have not been a part of the past NMHP efforts.