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Promoting Mental Wellbeing

Government and non-government sectors in India and across the globe are working to tackle the increasing burden of chronic diseases. Mental illness is one such area in need of urgent attention, which imposes a substantial burden on individuals and their loved ones, employers, governments, and society as a whole

In India, over 150 million people suffer from mental disorders, and only 15-25% of them receive any mental health care.

Suicide related to depression alone accounts for almost 200,000 deaths a year.

The magnitude, suffering, and burden of mental illness in terms of disability and costs for individuals, families, and societies are staggering.

We need to ACT now

The Mental Health Care Act 2017 makes a paradigm shift in how people with mental disorders are to be treated. It recognizes the role of a community-based patient-centric approach and decriminalizes suicide, which may go a long way in removing the stigma surrounding mental disorders and in ensuring that people receive the support from the community and society.

However, just passing a new law is not enough. Identification and management are complicated due to lack of awareness, stigma, and non-availability of trained mental health professionals in the community. Especially, stigma and negative perceptions about receiving mental health care are one of the key factors that prevent detection and management of the mental disorders globally and in India.

Mental disorders will rise significantly over the next decade. The government’s large National Mental Health Programme is aiming to increase basic mental health services across all districts. Conversely, to increase the uptake of basic services, the foremost thing we need to do is to reduce the stigma against ‘help-seeking’. Sensitize the caregivers, police, community and other stakeholders about mental health and influence their behavior and perceptions towards mental health.

We want to promote positive mental health and prevent mental disorders. For this, we want to understand the gaps in service delivery; people’s perception in different settings and regions to inform services, treatment, policies, and initiatives to promote and support mental health services for individuals and communities in school and workplace.

How you can help

We are currently looking for funding for this project. We would be very happy to provide further information or answer any questions you may have. Interested organizations and individuals can contact:

Ms. Alpana Saha,
Head of Fundraising,
Email: asaha@georgeinstitute.org.in