The long-awaited Mental Health Care Bill, after extensive consultations that lasted over two years, has finally entered the legislative process
The statistics about mental illness in India are grim. Even by the most conservative estimates, at least 5% of our population live with a mental illness, which translates to over 50 million people. Mental illnesses are associated with myriad forms of social disadvantage. People with severe mental illness die earlier, both due to suicides and poor quality medical care. Indeed, suicide is now the leading cause of death in young adults in many regions of the country.