The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences is a multidisciplinary institute for patient care and academics in the area of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences. The institute, which was earlier known as a Lunatic Asylum was renamed as Mental Hospital in 1925 by the Government of Mysore. This hospital and the All India Institute of Mental Health established in 1954 by the Government of India were clubbed into one in 1974, and thus was formed the autonomous National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences - NIMHANS. It is located on a 135 acre site donated by the Maharajah of Mysore. The Institute offers the finest facilities, which it uses through the most sophisticated technology. It is for this reason that the Institute attracts patients not only from all over the country but from the neighboring countries too.
The priority of the Institute is service, manpower development and research. This multidisciplinary, integrated approach is the main aim of the institute, and helps in translating the results from the bench to the bedside. In November 1994, NIMHANS had been declared a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission and given academic autonomy. The Institute functions under the direction of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka. A number of national and international funding organizations provide resources to the Institute for research activities.
The aim of NIMHANS is to establish the highest standards of evidence-based care for psychiatric and neurological disorders and rehabilitation. It also plans to develop the expertise and set standards of care for diseases of public health relevance in the developing world. It works with the government to provide consultancy services for policy planning and monitoring strategies in the field of mental health and neurosciences and facilitate execution of the national health program.
The mission of NIMHANS is to strive for enhancement of equitable accessibility of primary care in mental health and neurological disorders to all sections of society. It also aims at promoting mental health literacy and remove the stigma attached to mental illness.