Institute of Mental Health, neurosciences by next year


In an exciting development for healthcare in Tamil Nadu, the state is set to inaugurate the Tamil Nadu Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (TN-IMHNS) early next year. Modeled after the esteemed National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru, this new facility aims to provide a comprehensive approach to mental health and neurosciences. With construction well underway and significant progress already made, the TN-IMHNS is poised to become a cornerstone for mental health and neurological care in the region.

A Beacon for Comprehensive Care

The TN-IMHNS, currently under construction with three of its six floors completed, is expected to be finished within the next eight to ten months. Announced during a recent assembly session, the state has sanctioned 35 crores for the project, emphasizing its commitment to enhancing healthcare infrastructure. The new center will offer a holistic range of services, bringing together mental health and neurological care under one roof—a first for the state.

Expanding the Scope of Care

Presently, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Chennai provides a wide range of mental health services for all age groups, supported by a team of qualified psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, nurses, and therapists. However, the IMH lacks facilities for treating specific conditions such as speech impairment or movement disorders that patients may develop post-trauma or after brain surgery. The TN-IMHNS aims to bridge this gap by offering advanced treatment and rehabilitation services for such conditions, enhancing the scope of care available to patients.

Training and Research Excellence

The TN-IMHNS will not only serve as a treatment facility but also as a center of excellence for education and research in mental health and neurosciences. It will conduct postgraduate and doctoral programs, as well as training programs for mental health professionals, fostering a new generation of experts in the field. Additionally, the center will be equipped to research a wide range of mental health and neurological disorders, contributing to the advancement of knowledge and treatment options in these critical areas.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The new hospital building will feature state-of-the-art facilities, including operation theatres, and specialized departments such as radiodiagnosis, psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery. It will cater to the needs of both elderly and pediatric patients, ensuring comprehensive care for all age groups. This modern infrastructure will enable the TN-IMHNS to provide high-quality care, from diagnostics to treatment and rehabilitation.

Ongoing Efforts in Healthcare Infrastructure

The establishment of the TN-IMHNS is part of a broader effort by the Tamil Nadu government to enhance healthcare infrastructure across the state. Over the past three years, the public works department has constructed 941 new medical buildings for 4,821.55 crore. This ongoing development reflects the state’s dedication to improving healthcare facilities and ensuring that residents have access to the best possible care.


The upcoming Tamil Nadu Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences represents a significant leap forward in the state’s healthcare capabilities. By integrating mental health and neurological care, offering advanced treatment options, and fostering research and education, the TN-IMHNS is set to become a vital resource for patients and healthcare professionals alike. As the facility nears completion, it promises to provide a new standard of care, addressing the complex needs of patients and advancing the field of mental health and neurosciences.

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