India to get first-ever mental health policy

Wall Street Journal/  by Shanoor Seervai

Mental illness in India has grown so much that the government has promised to frame its first national policy on the issue, said Health Minister Harsh Vardhanon Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, society still stigmatizes those who suffer from routine psychiatric problems and so their treatment is either delayed or denied. We need to build up a social movement to change mindsets and focus on the human dimension of mental illnesses,”
said Dr. Vardhan in a statement.

The new policy will be launched on Oct. 10, the date that will henceforth be observed as National Mental Health Day across India each year.

The policy is likely to include provisions for more institutions and trained professionals to tackle mental health. India’s universal health insurance program – another of the health minister’s promises — “will also have a focus on mental health,” said Dr.
Vardhan in a statement………..[Read More]

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