Department of  Psychiatric (Mental Health) Nursing, provides academic services and conducts research  to promote mental health and prevent mental health problems of  people, their families and communities as well as continuously intervene and rehabilitate patients with psychiatric problems and their families. It uses theories of human behavior as its scientific framework and requires the use of the self as its art or expression in nursing practice.

The department, under an experienced and dedicated faculty, renders quality education to undergraduate and post graduate students, assisting them in developing expertise and an in-depth understanding of the field. It helps students appreciate clients as individuals and develop skills to function as psychiatric nurses, enabling them to function as educator, manager and researcher in the field of psychiatric nursing.

The Department is also committed to provide opportunities for professional growth, including a fully individualised orientation, support for participation in professional development activities and various in-service programs for the faculty.


Core competencies

  • Psychiatric history collection
  • Interviewing
  • Mental status examination
  • Neurological examination
  • Psychotropic drug administration
  • Process recording
  • Therapeutic nurse-patient relationship
  • Nursing process
  • Managing psychiatric emergencies
  • Crisis intervention
  • Legal and ethical aspects
  • Admission and discharge
  • Psycho-education
  • Counseling 


Other Activities

  • Conducting Psycho-education and interactive sessions for inpatients and family members
  • Structured exercise program for rehabilitation center residents and inpatients of Psychiatry ward
  • Observation of World Mental Health Day, World Suicide Prevention Day and World Alzheimer’s Day
  • Regular Outreach programmes in the schools and community
  • Regular Continuing Nursing Education for departmental faculty
  • Attending professional development programmes
  • Conducting poster competitions



  • Psychiatry ward and OPD, Kasturba Hospital
  • Department of clinical Psychology
  • Rehabilitation center (Hombelaku)
  • Home for the intellectually disabled (Asare)
  • Dr. A V Baliga Memorial Hospital, Doddangudde
  • School for the intellectually disabled (Asha Nilaya)
  • National Institute of Mental health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore
  • Home for the elderly (Ozanam)


Events/Days Observed


World Suicide Prevention  Day
World Alzheimer’s Day
Poster competition
World Mental Health Day
Outreach Programme
Seminar on Alzheimer’s Dementia at Lions Club Moodubelle 
Workshop on prevention of self-harm for undergraduate students at MAHE
Radio talk on Alzheimer’s Dementia in Community Radio Manipal 90.4
Television programme on prevention of suicide 

Street play on prevention of suicide for general public at Manipal & Udupi

Health awareness program on promotion of mental health and prevention of suicide at Primary Health Center, Kandlur, Kundapura
Continue Nursing Education Programme in Baliga Hospital
Interactive webinar on ‘Recovery camp’ by Dr Lorna Moxham


The Department of Psychiatric (Mental Health) Nursing, offers the following programs:


Basic BSc Nursing

Post Basic BSc Nursing

Post Basic Diploma

MSc in Psychiatric Nursing



MAHE has best-in-class facilities for students of all constituent institutes


Access to hospital facilities gives student hands-on training

Innovation Centre

State-of-the-art Innovation Centre facilitates multi-disciplinary research


Laboratories give students the opportunity for practical experience

Sports & Fitness

Marena has world-class facilities with courts for badminton, tennis, soccer & squash, as well as a well-equipped gymnasium


Libraries give students access to study resources, digital and print

Student Housing

Student hostels are their homes away from homes