World Mental Health Day 2019: 44 percent mental patients take support Tantra-Mantra: Even though national programs have been run across the country for many years on mental health, the situation is still serious. 44 percent of mental patients are taking treatment from Tantrik, Baba and Quack. Whereas 26 per cent of the patients are not able to get any medical facility up to a distance of 50 km from their home.
This was revealed by a study by the New Delhi-based Kasmos Institute of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences (CIMBS) in collaboration with the World Mental Health Federation (WFMH). About 10,233 people from Delhi, UP, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir and Haryana of North India were included in this study.
43% People take help Jantra-Mantra
According to this, 43 per cent of the people have confirmed having some kind of mental illness in their family or friends. Only 49 percent of the patients in the country get mental health facilities within 20 kilometers of their home. Similarly, 48 percent of the people accepted in the study that their family or friends are drug addicts, but there is no de-addiction center around their house.
In a press conference held at Hotel Royal Plaza in New Delhi on Wednesday, CIMBS Director Dr. Sunil Mittal said that mental illnesses are extremely painful not only for patients but for the whole family. Misconceptions persisted in society regarding mental illnesses, lack of awareness about these diseases and mental health facilities are not accessible.
Dr. Mittal said that he has many such cases, which prove that even today people keep wandering around Baba and tantrikas to find a cure for mental diseases.
India has the highest number of suicides in the world
According to the National Mental Health Survey (NMHS) released in 2016, the outbreak of mental illnesses in the country is 13.7 percent while the risk of suicide due to mental illnesses is 6.4 percent. About 18 percent of the world’s population lives in India, but the highest number of suicides in the world is 28 percent. Suicide rate in India is around 18 per one lakh. Which is about 70 percent higher than the world rate of 10.7.
Study on more than 10 thousand people
10,233 people from Delhi, UP, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana of North India were included in this study. According to this, 43 per cent of the people have accepted that someone in their family or friends is mentally ill. Only 49 percent of the patients in the country get mental health facilities within 20 kilometers of their home. 48 per cent of the people involved in the study admitted that their family or friends were addicted to drugs but did not have de-addiction centers around their home.
CIMBS Director Dr. Sunil Mittal while presenting this report in a press conference held on Wednesday said that even today people go to tantrikas and babas for mental illnesses. Misconceptions persisting in society regarding mental illnesses, lack of awareness about these diseases and inaccessibility of mental health facilities are the main reasons for their increase.
Seeking online consultation
In this study, about 87 people have sought treatment for mental diseases through mobile phone, application or tele-medicine facility. Doctors say that the convenience of online counseling can lead to better results on mental illnesses.
Digital India can benefit
In this study, about 87 people have sought treatment for mental diseases through mobile phone, app or tele-medicine facility. Doctors say that if in future the government does this in the direction of technology, then to a large extent, better results can be seen on mental diseases.
IMA’s initiative to prevent suicide among young doctors
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on World Mental Health Day organized a two-day workshop for young doctors on the increasing cases of suicides among young doctors. On Wednesday, IMA’s former National President, Dr. Ravi Wankhedkar said that medical students and doctors have a much higher suicide rate than the general population.
An estimated 28-40 suicides per 1 lakh medicos. Our country contributes 11.6 percent of the suicides caused by mental stress globally. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents and youth in the age group of 15 to 20 years.
Organized workshops for various medical colleges in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. Not only this, IMA is also going to start a campaign called D for D. In which UG and PG medical students of all states will get the facility of free helpline.