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11 Shocking Facts About Mental Health India Needs To Address Right Now

A WHO report suggests that India is the most depressed country in the world. It's time we paid more attention.

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Trijog, a 360-degree mental health wellness organisation based out of Mumbai, provided BuzzFeed with some statistics about the current state of mental health awareness in India. Here are some of the most alarming facts:

1. One out of every five Indians is suffering from a mental disorder.

That translates to over 50 million people.
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That translates to over 50 million people.

2. 50% of corporate India is under chronic stress.

30% of them report cases of addiction and marital discord, and 20% of them are suffering from depression.
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30% of them report cases of addiction and marital discord, and 20% of them are suffering from depression.

3. A WHO report suggests that India is the most depressed country in the world.

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4. The same report lists suicide as the third largest cause of death in 15-35 year olds.

What makes this more alarming is the fact that the 15-35 age group accounts for around 50% of India's population.
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What makes this more alarming is the fact that the 15-35 age group accounts for around 50% of India's population.

5. At the moment, India spends 0.06% of its total health budget on mental healthcare.

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6. Upto 50% of mental, behavioural and psychological problems have their onset during adolescence.

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7. An average of 300 people – 200 men and 100 women –commit suicide every day.

The leading causes of suicide include family problems, illness and marital issues. In 2014, there were a total of 1,09,456 official suicides reported.
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The leading causes of suicide include family problems, illness and marital issues. In 2014, there were a total of 1,09,456 official suicides reported.

8. At least 20 percent of young people experience some form of mental illness.

That's one in every five youngsters.The most common reported illnesses are depression, mood disturbances, substance abuse, suicidal behaviours, and eating disorders.
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That's one in every five youngsters.

The most common reported illnesses are depression, mood disturbances, substance abuse, suicidal behaviours, and eating disorders.

9. Only about one in ten people with mental health disorders are thought to receive evidence-based treatment.

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10. In December 2015, it was reported that there are 3,800 psychiatrists and 898 clinical psychologists across the nation.

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11. Only 43 government institutions, and less than 26,000 hospital beds are dedicated to mental health patients.

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Find out more about the work Trijog does here.