Addressing Mental Health in India

Mental health is a critical issue around the world. It is especially relevant to global employers because of its impact on productivity, well-being and the bottom line.

This section covers information about mental health stigma, access and treatment, and provides recommendations for employers and resources on NGOs/National Campaigns in India.

Snapshot of the Health System Landscape

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Mental hospital beds: 1.43 per 100,000 population.

Generic hospital psychiatric unit beds: 22.34 per 100,000 population.

government mental health spend as % of total health spend

Government mental health spend as % of total health spend

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National health insurance or reimbursement scheme includes the care and treatment of persons with major mental disorders (defined as psychosis, bipolar disorder, depression).*

health care workers

Total mental health workers: 1.93 per 100,000 population

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The majority of persons pay mostly or entirely out of pocket for services and medicines.

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No government-adopted or national policy for suicide prevention strategy

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25% of the inpatient population stays for 1-5 years. Over one-fourth are involuntarily committed.

*According to data submitted to the World Health Organization (2017)

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The impression [in India] is that those who are strong cannot weep; they do not feel sad. Only weak people can report feeling sad.


Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Director and Psychiatrist at Santulan

Addressing Mental Health in India

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