It’s Time We Talk

What will people say? What will our relatives think? Why to make embarrassment for everyone in the family? These questions still haunt people in our society when they want to speak on mental health, be it for themselves or their close ones. Talking about mental health is still considered as a taboo in our society […]

What will people say? What will our relatives think? Why to make embarrassment for everyone in the family? These questions still haunt people in our society when they want to speak on mental health, be it for themselves or their close ones. Talking about mental health is still considered as a taboo in our society and somehow people try to run away from this topic.

WHO reports that 20% of Indian population will be suffering from at least 1 mental health problem by 2020. According to ASSOCHAM report, India now has the highest rate of suicides in the 15-29 age category, 42.5% of people working in the private sector are battling either depression, anxiety or some form of similar issue. Approximately 47 million people are living with dementia around the world with 4.1 million of them in India. The World Alzheimer Report 2015 led by King’s College London found that there are currently around 46.8 million people living with dementia around the world, with numbers projected to nearly double every 20 years, increasing to 74.7 million by 2030 and 131.5 million by 2050.

When an individual gets cold or cough right from family members to close ones will either suggest having some home remedies or direct them to doctor; however when someone wants to speak or ask for guidance on mental health the very same people might try to be mum or ignore the topic. Right from anxiety to depression to schizophrenia and other mental health issues are different from each other. Each and every one of them can be treated; however reality is that most of the cases go untreated. Sailesh Mishra, Founder of Silver Innings says that, “We as individuals need to develop open mindset on mental health and support each other by helping them to get right healthcare provider so that they can get proper attention and treatment. “

It’s time for us to change the way we think about mental health issues. We as individuals need to break the barrier associated with mental health in our society, so that people are more open to have conversation on this topic.

Ravi Shet is the writer of this article and Co-founder of Treatum, an online healthcare portal connecting patients with right doctors.

9 comments

  1. Swati

    Good Article. I agree that talking about mental illness might be considered a taboo all because what the society thinks about it. We need to be more open and speak out regarding this. This might help the doctors to understand the trends and severity of the illness which in turn will help to treat the illness in an efficient way. I think treating depression will be the key thing in the coming years.
    Thanks Ravi for this article.

  2. Garima Bharucha

    Completely agree! Well written article!
    Thanks for sharing it with me Ravi!

  3. Indu Nambiar

    It is a nice beginning…but I must comment you too have not spoken about the real issue…mental health.
    I think you can have follow up write ups where u can indicate the signs that shows that a person may need help, ways to support and so on…
    Thanks for taking up the topics…personal the best.

  4. shilpa

    Agree…well written..

  5. Nirmala

    Agree with your article…people have a set back when it comes to discussing their personal health issues …but I guess time is changing now and the more you speak about it ,better awareness amongst the people
    Ravi nice article👍🏼

  6. Lina

    Completely agree. ..well written Ravi 👍

  7. Well said Ravi. We Indians have to learn to stop worrying about others’ opinions. It’s the person we see in the mirror who’s opinion matters most – our own conscience.

    And too much use of social media and phones and texting is taking away from real time spent looking at listening to and empathising with one another.

  8. Anam

    Hi ravi very informative article. But do u have something to say about homeopathy as I have heard these medicines have no side effects given to any age group pls clear my doubt. ….can u recommend a world class homeopathic doctor

    1. Treatum

      Thanks Anam for your comment. Can you please tell us your concern and where are you staying with your contact details, so that we can help you accordingly. Please contact us on treatum@gmail.com or on +91-9920576806.

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