Nearly 60 mn Indians suffer from mental disorders

Nearly 60 mn Indians suffer from mental disorders

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-09-02 17:37 At least 60 million Indians -- a number more than the population of South Africa -- suffer from mental disorders, even as the country lags the world in medical professionals and spending on mental-health issues. Nearly 10-20 million (1-2 per cent of the population) Indians suffered from severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and nearly 50 million (5 per cent of the population) suffered from common mental disorders like depression and anxiety at the end of 2005, Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda informed the Lok Sabha in May 2016, quoting data from National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, 2005, the last report available. India spends 0.06 per cent of its health budget on mental healthcare. This is less than Bangladesh (0.44 per cent). Most developed nations spend above 4 per cent of their budgets on mental-health research, infrastructure, frameworks and talent pool, according to a 2011 World Health Organization (WHO) report. While the central government does not maintain any dataset on mental patients since health is a state subject, it does have data on patients in three central institutions: National Institute of Mental Health