Mental health includes an individual's emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Any condition that impacts a person's thinking, feeling or mood that may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis is referred to as mental ailment. In India mental ailments still carry with it a heavy social stigma. Statistics reveal that four in five people suffering from severe mental ailment in India choose not to treat it. This causes early death by at least 15-20 years as compared to mentally healthy people.
Mental health experts said, "Among the several mental health ailments people suffer from severe depression, bipolar disorders and psychosis are the most common forms. People with mental illness die early due to smoking, obesity, heart illness, respiratory problems and cancer. Besides, they also die because they are usually ignored for routine check-ups or treatment for various problems."
Shekhar Saxena, director, department of mental health and substance abuse, World Health Organization (WHO), said, "Their family members are equally responsible as they should be more responsive to needs of mentally ill people."
These findings were revealed at the symposium on 'Mental Health: Gender, Youth and Social Justice' organized by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in collaboration with the US-based Columbia university.