India Spends Only 0.83% Of GDP On Mental Health Sector

by Shirley Johanna on  October 5, 2015 at 6:44 PM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
Depression and anxiety are predicted to be the leading illnesses in the world by 2020, according to an update from the WHO World Mental Health Survey. World Mental Health day will be observed on October 10 with a theme of 'Dignity in Mental Health.'
India Spends Only 0.83% Of GDP On Mental Health Sector
India Spends Only 0.83% Of GDP On Mental Health Sector

In March 2015, India's apex mental health institute, National Institute of Mental Health Sciences (NIMHANS) estimated that the number of Indians experiencing one or another form of mental illness exceeded 200 million.

Despite being one of the largest growing economies, India spends less than 1 percent of its GDP on its health sector. Mental health accounts for only 0.83 percent of the total health budget, which is abysmally low.

India has the highest suicide rates in the world. There are only 3,500 psychiatrists in India, only one for every 343,000 people, according to the WHO report.

In an effort to bring mental health into the open and weaken the stigma, Lexicon- a Indian borne international medical magazine brought together a network of health care professionals spread among 52 hospitals across the country for their latest edition- 'Madness' aimed at dissolving stigma and bringing awareness regarding mental health issues.

The latest edition is set to be released on October 10 with exclusives about Deepika Padukone's foundation for Depression- 'Live Love Laugh', Reshma Valliappan's 'The Red Door' and interview of several professors including Dr. Vikram Patel of TIME'S 100 most influential people.

Source: Medindia

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