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Mental health is one of the most neglected social issues in India. Comment.

Topic : GS-1: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

GS-2: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

1. Mental health is one of the most neglected social issues in India. Comment. (250 words)

Reference: ncbi.nlm.nih.govresearchmatters.in

Why the question:

The question is based on the theme of Mental Health and its status in India.

Key Demand of the question:

One must explain in what way mental health is one of the most neglected social issues in the country and suggest solutions to address and handle the concerns posed by it.

Directive:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with some key statistics portraying the mental health status in our country.

Body:

Explain that mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide.

The limited access to quality, affordable mental health care in the world before the pandemic, and particularly in humanitarian emergencies and conflict settings, has been further diminished due to Covid-19 as the pandemic has disrupted health services around the world.

Discuss in what way “mental health” is one of the social issues in the country.

Suggest efforts of the government in this direction.

Conclusion:

Conclude with solutions.