‘Pullepady Incident’: Lessons for Public Mental Health System Strengthening in Kerala
This report inspects a murder that happened at Pullepady, in Kochi city of Kerala, in which the accused was a person on psychiatric treatment. Based on details in newspaper reports, it discusses certain lessons and implications for strengthening the public mental health system in the state. The incident helps to discuss issues like access to custodial care at district level, need for and provisioning of after-care services and mechanisms to support family caregivers. There is an urgent need for all stakeholders to come together and chalk out an action plan for the state to strengthen the system to address the lacunae noted.
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