The MHCA 2017 Implementation tracker

The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 was enacted in 2018 to protect and promote the rights of persons living with mental health conditions to access mental health treatment and services in the country. Through this tracker, we aim to provide updates on the implementation of the MHCA, 2017 nationally & across states & union territories.


To learn and contribute to this resource, please click here.

Project SIREN

Project Suicide Reporting India Watch (SIREN) was launched in 2020 to assess the quality of reporting of suicide among print and digital media publications in India. Reports on suicide are scored based on checklist developed from WHO’s guidelines for responsible reporting and through consultations with experts.

To learn more and check the latest scores for Project SIREN please visit the webpage.

Mental illness coverage among health insurance providers

Section 21 (4) of the Mental Healthcare Act (MHCA), 2017 mandates “every insurer shall make provision for medical insurance for treatment of mental illness on the same basis as is available for treatment of physical illness.” However, individuals with mental illness still face discrimination through delays and denials when seeking health insurance. The IMHO has analyzed the wordings of over 270 medical insurance policies in India to assess the extent to which insurance policies have complied with Section 21(4) of the MHCA, 2017.

To learn more about the extent of mental illness coverage for all policies, please visit our dashboard.