- 20 May 2021
Mental fracture, an issue which has not been easy for us as a society to reach terms with, instead, attempts have been made to sweep it under the rugs in the hope that it will either vanish or fade away by itself. It's high time we enter “breaking the stigma” stage from the “denial one”.
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Mental Health issue has as much blood on its hands as any other illness does, but an entrenched tendency to ignore is what we need to find a cure for. We must stop looking the other way.
According to the National Mental Health Survey (2015-16), “More than 13% of Indians are likely to experience “deteriorated” mental health at some point in their lives.
The numbers in our country plead for urgent measures, it is approximated that at least 1 in 20 people in our nation lives with mental illness, that's about 5%, 50 million citizens are suffering from an issue we have just started to acknowledge. India, being the second most heavily populated country around the globe, subscribes to a sweeping percentage of the mentally ill population in the world.
The foremost challenge for us is not the illness or ourshortcoming to find a cure for, but, to addressand recognise the issue.
Ignorance, Prejudice and monstrous baggage of stigma; featuring “Log Kya Kahenge (What people will say)?”
Discrimination, perhaps, would slurp all of the difficulties mentioned above, as often as not we as a society, encounter ourselves being labelled “stigmatized” groups.
“Is it jaundice? relax, Don't pale, you are thinking too much, justget over it! ” said no one ever. An individual is shunned as a “lunatic”, “psychotic” or even worse if comes across as a victim of mental disorder and is usually treated by distance.
Stereotyping or having presumptuous outlook on the disease worsens the case, a study revealed that people are less likely to discuss mental health openly due to the fear of being typecast of being judged or labelled as mentally weak.
Sadly, the denial, despise or mere lack of understanding aggravates the state of people suffering. Stigma around mental health should be regarded with contempt and not mental health itself.
India’s mental health mission: few miles travelled, many more to cover.
Undoubtedly, we have elevated in the journey of mental health progressions, but a long road is yet to be travelled to make the term “mental wellbeing” familiar.
The first and top tier reason that stifles us from talking bout mental wellbeing is the lack ofknowledge and understanding the sensitivity of the issue. The vicious cycle of “shame”, fear and confusion drags us down.
But apart from ignorance, shortage of mental healthcare professionals is another debatable issue, and here is where, the government comes into the scene. According to WHO, there were 0.047 psychologists and 0.301 psychiatrists available for every 1,00,000 patients suffering from mental illness. These staggering figures plead for urgent measures.
#MentalHealthNOW— India Culture Lab (@IndiaCultureLab) March 31, 2018
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