Mental Health

In recent years, mental illness – an invisible disability – has become one of the rising causes of global health concern, as it affects society as a whole. A mental disorder causing functional impairments, limiting the patient’s one or more life activities, falls under the category of severe mental illnesses (SMIs) (e.g., bipolar disorder and schizophrenia). Given that Indian society practices the extended family system, the SMI patient is dependent on family members (informal caregivers), for the treatment, medication, and psychosocial support. An informal caregiver has to play multiple roles in lifelong management of SMIs while dealing with patient’s manic episodes, which leads to “caregiver burden” and needs help in coping with it.
In this project, we are working with AIIMS Delhi to understand the health technology usage, perceived needs, and acceptability of mHealth based interventions in patients with Schizophrenia to improve illness management and reduce caregiver burden. Our long term goal is to design, deploy, and study the feasibility and the usability of the mHealth solution for managing Schizophrenia in the cultural context of India.

Key Highlights

Field Partner: AIIMS Delhi, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
People: Anupriya Tuli, Pushpendra Singh, Siddharth Jain, Abhishek Jain, Manan Wason


Epidemiology of technology addiction among school students in rural India
Sandeep Grover, Limalemla Jamir, Mona Duggal, Pushpendra Singh, Ritu Nehra. Published in Asian Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 40, February 2019, Pages 30-38.

Is India ready for mental health apps (MHApps)? A quantitative-qualitative exploration of caregivers’ perspective on smartphone-based solutions for managing severe mental illnesses in low resource settings.
Koushik Sinha Deb, Anupriya Tuli, Mamta Sood, Rakesh Chadda, Rohit Verma, Saurabh Kumar, Ragul Ganesh, and Pushpendra Singh. Published in PLOS ONE 13(9): e0203353, September 19, 2018.

I have no peace of mind — psychosocial distress expressed by rural women living with HIV in India as part of a mobile health intervention — a qualitative study.
Prabha S. Chandra, Soumya Parameshwaran, Veena A. Satyanarayana, Meiya Varghese, Lauren Liberti, Mona Duggal, Pushpendra Singh, Sangchoon Jeon, Nancy R. Reynolds.
Published in Archives of Women’s Mental Health, Volume 21, Issue 5, Pages 525-53, March 2018.

MAHILA: a protocol for evaluating a nurse-delivered mHealth intervention for women with HIV and psychosocial risk factors in India.
Nancy R. Reynolds, Veena Satyanarayana, Mona Duggal, Meiya Varghese, Lauren Liberti, Pushpendra Singh, Mohini Ranganathan, Sangchoon Jeon, and Prabha S. Chandra. Published in BMC Health Services Research, Volume 16 :352, 9 pages, August 2016

Mobile health (mHealth) in mental health: Scope and applications in low-resource settings.
Mamta Sood, Rakesh K Chadda, Pushpendra Singh. Published in The National Medical Journal of India, Volume 29, Issue 6, Pages 341-343, Year 2016.

Harmony: close knitted mhealth assistance for patients, caregivers and doctors for managing SMIs.
Anupriya Tuli, Pushpendra Singh, Mamta Sood, Koushik Sinha Deb, Siddharth Jain, Abhishek Jain, Manan Wason, Rakesh Chadda, and Rohit Verma. Published in Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing : Adjunct, UbiComp : Adjunct.

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