Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam were today present during the signing of the MoU by National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) with the Tamil Nadu police department.
The agreement was signed by the institute’s Director B N Gangadhar and Director General of Police, T K Rajendran, to jointly organise wellness training to help police personnel beat stress.
The State government recently sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the scheme, acting on a letter from the Director General of Police, who drew its attention to various factors that exposed the police to physical and mental health disorders.
According to the Government Order, the DGP pointed out that circumstances forced police personnel to work round-the-clock, without adequate rest and leave.
“The pressures in the work environment subject police personnel to the risk of high blood pressure, insomnia, heart attack and increased levels of destructive stress and mental disorder,” the DGP said.
“Since most police personnel are lacking in stress management skills, some of them are addicted to alcohol, some are even driven to suicide. Moreover, the personal and family life of the personnel also become very unpleasant,” he added in the letter.