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Beyond awareness, urgent need for improved mental health care?

30 June, 2020 Vidyashree
The word sick or ill suggests in need of help, be it physically or mentally. Medication is recommended to both sets of health problems. But, the difference lies in the treatment methodology. Any physical sickness, be it fever, headache or a heart attack, have generalised medications for that particular issue. While mental illness can’t be treated by providing the same medicines to each individual, as our mind and heart ideology differ from person to person.

Matter of concern

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimate, nearly 15% of the total disease conditions around the world. Also, India has one of the largest populations affected by mental issues. So, India is labelled as the world’s ‘most depressing country’. To support this statement, one in seven people from the country have suffered from mental illness ranging from depression, stress, anxiety and many more, between the years 1990 to 2017.

The WHO suicide data registered nearly 800,000 people die of suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. It is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds and cause being depression for many reasons. In 2012, India recorded the highest number of suicides in the world with 258,000 death cases out of 804,000. The story is the same in India too with respect to youths of the age group 15 to 29 years who died of suicide with death rate 35.5 per 100,000.

Lack of health care service

According to a 2011 survey by WHO, in India, there were about 0.31 psychiatrists and 0.047 psychologists for every 100,000 patients suffering from a mental health illness. This demands active policy interventions by the government. There is a need to educate society about mental diseases to reduce the stigma around mental health. Also, mental illness ought to be put under the ambit of life insurance, as it is equally important as of physical health.

Lockdown time counselling
The Covid-19 pandemic has disturbed mental health more than physical well-being. Counsellors are tipping in advice to stabilise the mental state. Many online counselling therapies are introduced by private health centres like BetterLYF, Manastha, and others to address the increasing stress and anxiety levels among the people. There is a 30% rise in new clients, who email counsellor every day regarding anxiety, uncertainty and disruption in day to day life. Many applications like 7Cups, Betterhelp offers online resources and lets you to chat with a trained listener. The prescribed medication can be brought through any best healthcare service provider in India.

Home remedy

Utilise this quarantine hour to know about yourself and your family. Discuss your worries and seek advice from your pals. Be a good listener and try to understand other ongoing struggles too. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, likewise, talk time with close ones a day will keep the counsellor away. Avail your medications for your problems with doctor’s prescription through any best medicine store online in India. Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant”. Begin to pour your emotions to your beloved ones gradually as every garden started with a seed. Your life is a gift presented by your parents and that life is enriched by your friends. There are exceptions to the story like if you stay alone or have issues with a family who isn’t open-minded and sharing of a dilemma can make situations worst as one has to stay under the same roof. Still, it’s on you to choose your way to walk by the fire.

In the end…

The solution doesn’t lie in educating people of mental health or depression but to teach about mental conduct. Every individual’s mind function in different dynamics and so, mere counselling or talking is not an answer. So, tune into the process of self- care and make your life, your priority. Never fall prey to social media or any influencer out there, as no one is posting their failure. It just ‘you’ in the end. It will take a long time to recover but it is possible. Give yourself a chance to restore hope and dignity.