Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has introduced the “Humraaz” mobile app and the toll-free helpline number 1166 in an effort to address Pakistan’s escalating mental health issue. Alarming data that show more than 50 million Pakistanis suffer from various mental health disorders and that the nation’s suicide rate has surpassed 8% have prompted this action.
The ‘Humraaz’ app was created to offer people with a variety of ailments free access to mental health care. To meet the unique needs of patients, the app has a number of functions. To give clients the critical assistance they require, the helpline operators have received training and sensitization. The programme is intended to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and spark a national conversation.
All age groups now face a greater risk of mental diseases and suicide as a result of the difficult socioeconomic situation in the nation, with people between the ages of 15 and 25 being the most vulnerable. Both the toll-free helpline and the mobile application are widely available and available around-the-clock.
Mental health professionals have applauded the effort and urged the participation of licenced and reputable psychologists and psychiatrists to guarantee the program’s efficacy. Public and private organisations, as well as educational institutions, have been urged to play an active role in promoting mental health and the availability of these services.
The government and the people of Pakistan, who cannot keep losing loved ones to mental diseases, both depend on the success of this project. To safeguard upcoming generations, it is desired that this project will be sustained and expanded.