It’s an example of how policies made without stakeholder inputs yield suboptimal outcomes
India observes 10 October as World Mental Health Day every year. The day is significant because mental health issues have remained under-invested and under-appreciated. Untreated mental health problems have severe repercussions for society and for the economy. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that unaddressed mental health issues could force India to incur an economic loss of over $1 trillion between 2012 and 2030. But, as with all such occasions, 10 October has turned into yet another day for boiler-plate statements and hand-wringing. The problems run deep and remain overlooked.