Focus on improving the mental health of society is equally important.

Focus on improving the mental health of society is equally important.
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WHO defines mental health as mental well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities.  Cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively. And is able to make a contribution to his or her community.  In this positive sense, mental health is the foundation for individual well-being and the effective functioning of a community.

More than 450 million people suffer from mental disorders.  According to WHO, by the year 2020, depression will constitute the second largest disease. Burden worldwide Global burden of mental health will be well beyond the treatment capacities of developed and developing countries.

The social and economic costs associated with the growing burden of mental ill health focused the possibilities for promoting mental health. As well as preventing and treating mental illness. Thus the Mental Health is linked to behaviour and seen as fundamental to physical health and quality of life.

During  the start of the Covid 19 pandemic.  Most people paid more attention than usual to improve their physical health, especially to develop their immune system. However, there were few measures and a little awareness regarding the people’s mental wellbeing. Focus on improving the mental health of society is equally important. Good mental health is achieved with the help of good parenting, good education equality and liberty.

In India spending on healthcare is low, and spending on mental healthcare is only a smaller subset of this expense. In addition, there aren’t enough psychiatrists to address the high productivity loss caused due to mental illness. A majority of Indian population lies towards the lower part of the socioeconomic status spectrum. They are more vulnerable to developing mental illness. But at the same time they have poor access to the doctors and the medicines.

We also need innovative ways to create awareness among the people as the Indians hardly take mental illness seriously. They are more likely to turn their back to mental illness and focus on other aspects of life. Also we can’t ignore the social stigma factor associated with mental health illness. It is one of the principal causes for mentally ill people not receiving adequate mental health care and treatment.

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