Pakistan launches a dedicated mental health App

The project is part of Prime Minister's strategic reform initiative for citizens mental health and wellbeing

KARACHI: Pakistan has launched first of its kind a dedicated mental health App named ‘Humraz’ and helpline, in a bit to ensure quality health in the country.

The project is part of Prime Minister’s strategic reform initiative for citizens mental health and wellbeing.

Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shebhaz Sharif took to Twitter on the occasion of World Health Day to announce this development.

“I am pleased to announce the launch of Government’s first dedicated mental health App #Humraaz & helpline. Citizens’ well-being & especially mental health is paramount for our society’s improvement. We need to remove taboo around mental health.” said the Pakistan’s Premier.

Meanwhile Geo.TV added: Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman has called for devising a strategy to create awareness among the general public about the issues related to health.

He was addressing a ceremony in connection with World Health Day in Lahore.

According to Dunya News, The services offered by the app included consultation services and appointments with psychiatrists and psychologists. Users could also report emergencies and seek help if they are experiencing suicidal thoughts or other mental health

Services offered by app include consultation, appointments with psychiatrists, psychologists

Speaking about the initiative, Salman Sufi, the head of the prime minister’s strategic reforms, emphasised the importance of mental health services in Pakistan.
He explained that there were not enough mental health professionals in the country and the app and helpline were an effort to improve the health and quality of life of those who suffer from deteriorating mental health.

The app would also help the government collect more accurate data on mental health issues in the country.

Mr Sufi added that the government was working on introducing a proper licensing and certification system for psychologists and psychiatrists.

The launch of the app was a significant step towards normalizing conversations about mental health in Pakistan and ending the stigma that often surrounds it.

The prime minister emphasized the importance of removing the taboo around mental health, saying that citizens’ well-being, especially their mental health, is paramount for the society’s improvement.

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