“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also harder to bear”
Depression or mental pain is very common to hear and this is why people consider this illness as unthreatening. But here are some facts,
- Mental health conditions account for 16 percent of the global burden of disease and injury in people aged 10-19 years.
- Half of all mental health conditions start by the age of 14 years and most cases are undetected and untreated
- Globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-19-year-olds.
WHO report shows that India is the most depressed country in the world followed by China and the USA. Our country has the most number of cases of anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
The WHO report conducted for the NCMH (National Care Of Medical Health) also states the following data:
- At least 6.5 percent of the Indian population suffers from some form of serious mental disorder, with no discernible rural-urban differences.
- There is an extreme shortage of mental health workers like psychologists, psychiatrists, and doctors.
- The average suicide rate in India is 10.9 for every lakh people and the majority of people who commit suicide are below 44 years of age.
Despite the fact that the Mental Healthcare Bill makes it mandatory for the state governments to provide affordable mental health care for all, the cost of treatment remains high in almost all the states.
The need of the hour is to start taking mental health seriously otherwise it would soon turn into a widespread illness in India.