According to World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates, depression is all set to become the second biggest global health concern after cardiovascular diseases by 2020. This has prompted Maharashtra mental health authority to seek Rs 120 crore from the state government in order to combat the condition.
"We want to upgrade the two biggest hospitals in the state as mental illnesses are rising at an alarming rate both in Mumbai as well as Maharashtra," said Dr Sanjay Kumawat, member-secretary, State Mental Health Authority.
City doctors have already noted the increase in the number of depression cases with stress, competition, technology, chronic ailments and a rapidly changing social fabric taking a heavy toll on citizens.
Latest data indicates that 7.5% of Maharashtra's population could be suffering some kind of mental condition by 2015.