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.