The World Health Organization recently released its World Mental Health Report, 20 years after its landmark 2001 report.
The report makes the case for a global transformation towards better mental health for all, because now more than ever, the status quo for mental health simply will not be enough.
According to this report, one of the biggest barriers to seeking mental health care is the stigma associated with mental health problems. People often choose to experience mental stress in silence rather than risk discrimination and ostracism. This stigma is universal, pervasive across cultures and countries and we must do our best to reduce it.
Discuss the importance of mental health CNBC-TV18 spoke with Dr. Shyam Bhat, President of LiveLoveLaugh.
Dr Bhat said: ‘We need to focus on prevention rather than cure mental health because it can affect anyone and affects around 25% of our population and we only have around 8,000 psychiatrists and about 9,000 psychologists. The emphasis must therefore be on prevention. Prevention must be part of the fabric of our society at all levels – at the family level, at the community level, and at the individual level about the steps we can take to prevent mental illness.
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