India needs to talk about mental illness

India needs to talk about mental illness: At least 13.7 per cent of India’s general population has various mental disorders; 10.6 per cent of them require immediate interventions.While nearly 10 per cent of the population has common mental...

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"Due to the stigma associated with mental disorders, nearly 80 per cent of those with mental disorders had not received any treatment despite being ill for over 12 months, the study says. Poor implementation of schemes under the National Mental Health Programme is largely responsible for this.
Dr. Gururaj says that there is also a paucity of mental health specialists, pointing out that mental disorders are a low priority in the public health agenda. The health information system itself does not prioritise mental health."

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