Published on: March 4, 2023
Mental health screening
Why in news? Karnataka State Health Department will start screening nearly 10 lakh pregnant women for mental health issues too as part of routine health check-up.
- The State health department has now included mental health screening questions in the “Thayi” card used for recording a pregnant woman’s health status throughout the pregnancy.
- Karnataka is the first State in the country to start this initiative under Matru Chaitanya, a scheme that provides counselling for pregnant and lactating women.
- Thayi cards are issued to women seeking maternity services through the public healthcare system.
- Two screening questions listed in the 40-page Thayi card booklet and if the answer to any of the two questions is a “yes”, the healthcare workers are expected to note it and ensure that the women are counselled and given help to seek treatment.
- Depression is also associated with lower quality of life during pregnancy, and untreated mental health issues can have adverse effects on both the mother and the child.
- Perinatal depression affects nearly 20 out of every 100 women, who are under stress due to various reasons during pregnancy and post-delivery. This is also due to hormonal changes in the body