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India cannot be in denial about mental health issues anymore. Comment.

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

3. India cannot be in denial about mental health issues anymore. Comment. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The article presents to us the importance of making mental health a public health priority in the country.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss how and why India cannot be in denial about mental health issues anymore and it’s important to prioritize mental health policy.

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 suitable data/fact that justifies the question statement.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Briefly give a picture of how mental health is a greater cause of concerning all countries currently.

Explain that – a 2020 report by the WHO exposes the heightened disruption in mental health services due to the pandemic. In an environment where mental health prevalence is heightened, this is a desperate call to attention and action.

Mental health issues in India are hugely complex. Discuss the factors; socio-economic causes, undiagnosed pre-existing conditions, human resources shortage, fragmented service delivery models and lack of research capacity for implementation and policy change are also contributing to the country’s gaps in mental health treatment.

Explain why does mental health need to be a priority?

Conclusion:

Conclude by highlighting the importance of drafting a robust and inclusive response.