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2:16 pm - Thursday February 22, 2018

Growing cases of mental patients shocking: Prez Kovind

Bengaluru,

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed deep concern over increasing number of people with mental health problems and wanted a manifold increase in the number of experts in the field to meet the challenge.Delivering the 22nd Convocation address of the National

Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) here on Saturday, he said the recent NIMHANS survey listing 10 per cent of the country’s population being affected with some type or other cases of mental illness was staggering.

‘We are witnessing demographic and economic changes in the country that has resulted in increased incidents of physical and mental stress leading to mental illness. The NIMHANS’ health survey is alarming. With 10 per cent of the 1.3 billion people being affected by psychological problems, this surpasses the total population of
Japan,’ he said.

Mr Kovind said ‘triple burden’ — common health problems, severe mental illness and use and misuse of substances, are the biggest challenges the country was facing at present. It was not only the old but the younger generation are also being affected for reasons that are a cause of changed lifestyle and profession.

He called for uprooting of the stigma that the persons who are mentally ill are facing for many years is ended, as stigma would further worsen their health conditions.Ailments like depression should not be ignored but taken very seriously. Awareness and education can go a long way in eradicating such problems, he said.

‘I strongly advocate implementation of Bellary Model of Community Based Mental Health programme’ developed by NIMHANS. This is a template in mental health service and it should be adopted in other districts of the country,’ he said.

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