In this episode of Mano Charchae, Dr. Chandrasheker mentions that mental health issues can’t be identified on time like other physical diseases. A study by NIMHANS, conducted in eight states, revealed that 20 per cent of the population is living with conditions or diseases related to the nervous system and the brain. Essentially this means that one out of five persons is likely to be grappling with mental health issues.
In spite of this staggering number, most people remain unaware that treatments for mental health issues are available. “There is a lack of awareness about mental health conditions and most of the people follow blind beliefs. Most of them are not aware that mental health illness can also be caused by stress.” There is also the risk of human rights violation, as not providing the right treatment to a person is taking away their right to live fully.
Media channels need to be used effectively to spread this information among the masses. Vulnerable communities must be reached out to. “Through this awareness, we will be able to see an increase in self-confidence levels of people and, as an effect, social growth will improve.”
A study by WHO mentions that if the people in a country experience good mental health, then they will also have good physical health, and one will witness development in the country in many ways. Even national governments need to and have taken measures to work on mental health awareness and treatment, especially in Karnataka’s primary health care centres at taluk and district levels and other hospitals. This year’s state theme, in fact, is ‘Healthy Karnataka is Healthy India’. Of the 144 ‘pradikara’ initiated, one is Mental Health.