Must address inequality in mental healthcare: Experts
Aurangabad: On the occasion of World Mental Health Day (October 10), which this year has ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’ as the theme, experts have highlighted that inequality prevails in many aspects within the Indian society that makes it a Herculean task to get the desired attention.
Neuropsychologist Dr Shraddha Jadhav-Vakil said it was common in our society for communities to be largely shaped by caste, religion, socio-economic status, gender, as well as sexual orientation, which, in turn, decide the quality and ease of access to mental health service for those in need.
“The most important aspect to be taken into consideration is that inequality happens knowingly or unknowingly. The public health system is failing to address the issue due to inadequate research. It is expected to protect the vulnerable groups, especially the poor and marginalised people, by addressing the inequities induced due to societal conditions,” she said.
Citing examples, Jadhav-Vakil said people from the lower strata of the society, a large section of women and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (Queer) community are often subjected to the issue of inequality in mental healthcare.
Consultant neuropsychiatrist Dr Gaurav Murambikar said vulnerable groups and the public at large should understand the benefits of investing in mental health.
“By investing in mental health, one can reap the benefits in multiple crisis situations and old age. It can be achieved by following the basics such as avoiding all forms of addiction, regular and active participation in family and social gatherings, balanced diet, regular mental and physical check-ups, and avoiding unnecessary stress,” he said.
Courtesy : TOI
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