The scenario of mental health in India is getting worse day by day. Mental health constitutes to be an integral part of the overall health and well-being of people of any country. It is influenced by various cultural, political, social, economic and environmental factors. Living standards, working conditions, societal pressures, and many other factors disrupt one’s mental health significantly. A 2015 study conducted by the World Health Organization shows that 1 in every 5 Indians may suffer from depression during their lifetime which equals to 200 million people. Due to the stigma that has been associated with mental health and limited access to professional help, only 10 to 20% of such sufferers will seek professional help.
The World Health Organization estimates that India will suffer economic losses amounting to a staggering 1.03 trillion dollars from mental health conditions between 2012 and 2030.
Mental Health Conditions
Some of the most serious types of mental illness in India include:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Neurotic and stress-related disorders
Unfortunately, many of these conditions remain untreated due to lack of knowledge surrounding them, not asking for help to lack of access to mental health insurance, lack of finances, and many other related factors.
Steps To Cope With The Stigma Of Mental Health
Here are some ways you can deal with the stigma of mental health and overcome such concerns:
- Seek professional help and get treatment
- Don’t let stigma create self-doubt and shame in you
- Don’t isolate yourself
- Don’t equate yourself with your illness
- Join a support group
- Express your opinions against such stigma
Do Your Part And Help The Ones In Need
We can overcome mental health issues by making people aware of such issues. Recognition and educating people about these issues are important to remove the stigma that is often attached to mental health concerns. Collective work can save thousands of lives.
Stand with Unite4India and let’s make sure that our loved ones or the people we know who are going through any mental concern, get the help they deserve.