The Fortis National Mental Health Program has been developed with the aim of extending mental health services to the broadest segment of society possible. The Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Samir Parikh, Chairperson – Fortis National Mental Health Council, with its vision for uniform services across all Fortis facilities in the country is the singular largest mental health system operating out of various centres in the country.
Currently the department is operational in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mohali, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Udaipur and Chennai. The teams at each centre include specialists in the areas of Psychiatry, Psychology and other allied specialties. The uniqueness of the program lies in the uniformity of its services including the specialized programs which are run by the department. These include:
Fortis School Mental Health Program
Fortis Organizational Psychology Initiative
Fortis Outreach Program
Fortis Internships for school and college students
Fortis Fellowship Program
Psych-Ed: The Fortis Annual Psychology Quiz for School Students
Fortis Annual Psychology Conference
Besides the clinical services offered by various specialists, the departmentworks in collaboration with different healthcare, education, and community service providers, extending the concept of preventive mental health.
Fortis National Mental Health Council
The Fortis National Mental Health Council comprises of members representing each zone where Fortis facilities exist. The Council is convened to meet quarterly to discuss the way forward for mental health within Fortis Healthcare, including new initiatives and systemic enhancement.
The following is the vision:
Establishing Mental Health as a priority in the private healthcare sector.
Providing accessible mental healthcare services for all.
Working towards prevention and early intervention of mental health concerns.
Fostering greater awareness, understanding and empathy for mental illness through community outreach.
Increasing the presence of mental health services across schools and organizations.
Conducting evidence-based and culturally relevant research.
Training students and professionals in the field of mental health.