The Pulse – Mental Health: Let’s Get Talking

10th of October every year is observed as World Mental Health Day. The purpose is to spread awareness about mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. Mental health is an integral and essential component of health. The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.It is fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and at the same time, enjoy life.The level of mental health of a person is determined by multiple social, psychological, and biological factors. This year, the theme of World Mental Health Day was “Suicide Prevention”.As per WHO data, every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide. In fact, suicide is the principal cause of death among people in the age group of 15 to 29. In India, close to 14 percent of India’s population required active mental health interventions, as per the 2016 National Mental Health Survey. On this edition of The Pulse, we discuss why there’s an increasing health burden of mental illnness globally, why there’s a great deal of stigma that remains despite advances in psychiatry and psychology and what must be done to cope with poor mental health.

Anchor- TEENA JHA

Producer – ANKITA

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GUEST – Dr. Rakesh Chadda, Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry & Chief, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre AIIMS, Delhi

Dr. Prem Chawla, Consultant, Vimhans Hospital

Namrata Gupta, Relationship Expert

Dr. Alok Mathur, Addl. DDG, Directorate General of Health Services

Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Mental Health Foundation

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