(IEC) combines strategies, approaches and methods that enable individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities to play active roles in achieving and sustaining their own health.IEC are key concepts in primary health care, community health and in health promotion. As part of IEC activities, the State Mental Health Authority has conducted several training and sensitisation programmes to certain targeted people like police officers, religious leaders and a lot of awareness programmes for the benefit of the public. A booklet on Mental Health in Tamil, which contains lots of information about the scientific facts, brushing aside the myths, inhibitions and apprehensions has been brought out by the State Mental Health Authority for the benefit of the general public.

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