Making mental health a public health priority
India must study its own ancient wisdom along with learning lessons from other countries to fully meet this unstructured health challenge.
In the year and a half since the World Health Organization declared Sarkar-19 a global pandemic, the lives of millions of people around the world have been greatly disgusted.
Despite the devastating loss of life and subsequent health problems at the heart of this pandemic, there are many areas where we face a path that could be disruptive in the long run. Problems include loss of education due to missed studies, uncertainty of unemployment, stress due to prolonged loneliness, relationships due to excessive intimacy, lack of control and general inability and inability to move to the developing world with current skills.
While the health care framework and its shortcomings are discussed, what is not covered in the table is the impact, presence and extent of mental health challenges.
Mental illness has become a global problem, resulting in widespread fatigue and degeneration. It has also caused huge economic losses due to its devastating effect. Children struggling to cope, domestic violence, suicide, loss of productivity due to lack are all manifestations.
According to Health Poverty Measures UK, more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Changing treatment is even more dangerous. In the global north, 35–50 percent of people with severe mental illness are not receiving adequate or untreated treatment; But for people living in the South, that number is doubling to 76-85 percent. Similar differences can be seen in select groups such as women, children and people living below the poverty line, who suffer from lack of access.
Indeed, the WHO 2020 report has revealed the increasing disruption in mental health services from the pandemic. In an environment where the impact of mental health is on the rise, this is a desperate call for attention and action.
Difference between India and mental health services
Mental health problems in India are very difficult. Includes mental illness data in particular. The idea of psychotherapy is considered stigmatized and taboo, as much of the information is based on self-reporting situations and extrapolations. However, socio-economic factors, previously undiagnosed conditions, lack of human resources, fragmented service delivery models and inability to research policy implementation and change have contributed to the country’s gaps in mental health treatment.
Why should mental health come first?
Mental illness affects approximately 970 million people a year worldwide. Depression, anxiety, PTSD etc are inherently incomprehensible and often normalize individuals, while gradually making it impossible to lead a normal life. The effects are on productivity, loneliness, fatigue and sometimes even suicide.
We need an emergency action plan that starts with acknowledging the problem. We can’t deny it now. We must have analytical tools and strategies that are understandable and easily accessible by communities. Annual training in schools to determine how many youth may be affected and missing in the system.
We need significant investment in trained resources for counseling and rehabilitation support. We need role models to show us journeys that encourage us to open up about the problem, identify with others, and come forward to seek help and attention.
It is important to recognize and seek help and treatment. Corporate and influential people come out openly to deal with emotional well-being. But treatment is often hindered due to high cost. In India, seeking the help of a psychotherapist can cost $1,500-5,000 per session. Often the right interventions are designed for a long time.
Creating a consistent and inclusive response
The current flow and the unknown areas we face in the future require a drastic change of perspective. We must commit to a world where physical health is compatible with a belief in the importance of mental health.
Human well being is about body and mind. Long-term change is possible only by investing in policy makers, regulators, creative communities such as the arts, hospitals, treatment centres, institutional support mechanisms such as qualified health care support and community support mechanisms.
We would need a large amount of security support or social insurance to cover the costs. Mental illness is one of the health insurance policies. To ensure that the implementation of these policies is highly accessible to patients – regulators, policy makers and organizations must continue to collaborate with each other to ensure empathetic recognition and a framework for supporting claims and resolution.
The government must ensure that treatment is widely available and that costs are controlled so that access and affordability are key components of a successful response system.
We may have to develop our own model for addressing mental health so that India can more easily deal with the successful framework of other countries. We can also hold onto our ancient wisdom for complete healing and take an integrated approach to meet and support the great need for unorganized clothing.