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70% urban India claims to suffer from, or knows someone who suffers from mental health issue: Study

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New Delhi: About 70 percent of urban India claims to suffer from, or knows of someone who suffers from a mental health ailment, with depression being the most prominent one, according to a new study.

The study by Times Network surveyed 2,440 people in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Jaipur, Patna, Ahmedabad,  Vishakapatnam, Bareilly, Guwahati, Raipur and Mangalore.

It found that 70 percent of urban India claims to suffer from, or knows of someone who has suffered from a mental health ailment.

“Among people who are suffering/know someone suffering from mental health ailment, depression come out as the most prominent at 58 percent,” it said.

The study also found that 76 percent people perceive that “people are not open to talk about mental health to everyone” and there is still shame and stigma associated around mental health.

“About 52 percent of the people face problems in accessing a mental health professional and 63 percent perceive that there is difficulty in procuring medication,” it said.

The study said 54 percent people are not completely aware of the diseases covered in a health insurance policy and 47 percent are unaware of the government mandate for health insurance policies to cover treatment of mental health ailments.

“Fifty-seven percent of urban India considers financial pressures to be the leading cause of negative impact on mental health,” it said.

The study was part of Times Network’s #ActNow initiative which aims to spread awareness, normalise conversations around the issue and sensitise people to be responsive to the mental health needs of others.

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