Suicide Prevention: Is India’s Data Enough to Tackle the Complex Issue?

‘Farmers commit suicide due to debt and crop failure’.  ‘Housewives commit suicide due to domestic violence’. ‘Young students commit suicide due to failure in exams’. You will have seen these phrases, which commonly appear in media reports and social media discussions on suicide in India. More often than not, any debate or discussion tends to revolve […]

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Mental Health in India: Which Treatment Model Works Best?

By Devanik Saha India needs more qualified professionals to tackle its mental health crisis. In an earlier piece, I had written how there is an 87% shortage of public mental health professionals in India and this may well be an under-stated figure. Also Read: The Law and You: Mental Health The National Mental Health Survey 2015-16, commissioned by the Government, revealed […]

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Reporter’s Diary: Mental Health Challenges for Gender and Sexual Minorities

By Devanik Saha In an earlier column on The Health Collective, I had written about the severity of the mental health crisis in India. Even though not enough attention is paid to the issue (both in India and abroad), conversations around mental health are gaining traction. In March 2017, India passed the Mental Healthcare Bill which decriminalised suicide and […]

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The Law and You: Mental Health in India

Mental health can be simply understood to mean a state of mental well-being. The World Health Organisation looks at understanding mental health and its definition quite comprehensively here. Mental health in India has long been a misunderstood issue; there is a lack of awareness on issues of mental health, corresponding treatment and frameworks that govern mental […]

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