Why India needs builders to invest in quality mental health institution
A bleeding nation:
Out of a population of 1.37 billion, there are about 7.5 % citizens affected by some form or another mental illness. However, there are only 43 mental institutions across India. It is projected that the number of mentally ill will increase close to 20% in 2020. In a conservative background of a country like India, where most population is afraid to admit to feeling mentally ill is because of the fear of a stigma on them. In such a clinical backdrop, current mental health institutions are overcrowded and doctors to treat patients are lesser in number.
The missing gaps:
Absence of it is reported by the National Health survey that almost 13% of adults suffer from some form of mental morbidity. And out of a population of 1.37 billion, a freaking 90% have had no medical intervention in the past years. This is due to many factors that plague the Indian society that puts a stigma on patients suffering from mental disorders. The very fear of coming clean to family and friends, due to labeled stigmas, has prevented victims from taking treatment for their disorders. This has prevented the nation as a whole to be cured and cared for in totality.
Every one in 10 population is suffering from depression and every one in 20 is suffering from suicidal risks. But these cases go unaccounted for as most don’t want to talk about their mental conditions in open platforms to counselors and psychiatrists. The more prominent reason also being the high fees involved in treating such patients. I am not even talking about the 70% of population suffering from illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolarity and hallucinations due to substance abuse.
The prevalent situations:
The government has allotted a merciful 0.6% to mental health treatment which makes no sense to account for as most Dalits are reserved for treatment under this allocation. The general populace still goes untreated as there’s no subsidy for their cure. Another one big reason why patients don’t get the care they deserve is because there are only 43 mental institutions in India with a pitiful 4000 psychiatrists available to treat patients.
The truth is that India as a nation is conservative to the idea to co-exist with mentally ill patients. We don’t see mental sickness as a temporary phase which if treated in quality can lift the burden of so many victims. Instead, we use stigmas to confront victims here where out of shame and public humiliations most die a mental death in silence every day.
The initiation to cure:
The very idea that mental sickness can be cured needs education across classes and masses to overcome this barrier of stigma. But that will only come with time and progress. More importantly at this stage of fright, Indian government needs to step up to set up quality mental health institutions to make this severity seem curable and possible.
Most mental institutions in our country lack even the basic infrastructure for the educated mentally ill to take the step forward and admit themselves for treatment. The institutions are overcrowded, like mentioned before and there’s no formal procedure to follow up with the patient’s progress in his cure.
How builders can intervene to help:
Real estate builders need to join hands with the government bodies to build quality mental health institutions which won’t back track patients and the environment of which will invite the nation as a whole to open up about their situations with the content satisfaction and guarantee that there’s going to be a cure for them. This is in turn should work as an incentive for many doctors to come forward from their private clinics and serve their time in these mind spas to expedite the process of the treatment for the general population.
The entire idea behind creating mind spas ( quality mental institutions ) across India is so that more victims can come forward and take the much needed help they deserve without compromising on the very environment and infrastructure that plays a pivotal role in curing patients.