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Mental Health in India

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"The Indian Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 (IMHA) defines mental illness as a substantial disorder of perception, thinking, orientation and mood or memory that grossly impairs behaviour, judgement or the capacity to recognise reality or the ability to meet the ordinary demands of life, or of mental conditions linked to talcohol or drug abuse, but does not include the category of mental retardation which is recognised as arrested or incomplete development of a person mind, characterised by sub-normality of a person intelligence. According to a 2017 World Health Organisation (WHO) Report, major or minor mental illnesses that require expert intervention are reported for 7.5 per cent of India population (Iyer, 2017). Also, out of roughly 60 million people in India suffering from mental illnesses, about 90 per cent are currently not receiving any treatment (Sharma, 2017). China Daily reports that 100 million people in China suffer from various mental illnesses. Computed against the population of China (1.378 billion people as per the 2016 World Bank data) this works out to be 7.25 per cent of the population. A 2016 Lancet study alarmingly points out that in the succeeding decade the burden of mental illness is envisaged to increase more rapidly in India than in Chi




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    Staff Reporter

    Mental health issues remain unreported over most of India. According to the 2017 World Health Organisation (WHO) Report, major or minor mental illnesses requiring expert intervention is 7.5 per cent of India population. Also, estimates show that of roughly 60 million people with mental illnesses, about 90 per cent are currently not receiving treatment in India.

    "Issue - Healthcare Perspectives    Date - 1st May 2018"

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