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This project has been initiated in order to create awareness among people regarding issues pertaining to mental health; so that the stigma attached with it is removed. We aim at addressing any and all of your concerns related to mental health. Count on us for an unbiased opinion, trusting us in keeping your confidentiality intact.

People view mental illnesses just as “untouchability”. A lot of stigma is attached and people are ashamed to discuss anything openly, fearing what others might think about them.

India has 150 million people suffering from mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, schizophrenia, and learning disabilities, says a report by NIMHANS. According to the WHO, suicide is the leading cause of death among those aged 15-29 in India. About 1.5 lakh people commit suicide every year in India. Also, there is an increase in suicide rate from 7.9% to 10.3% in 2017. With almost 7.5% people in India facing some form of mental disorder, there remains a massive unaddressed need within the population. Lack of knowledge about the mental illnesses poses a challenge to the mental health care delivery system. Stigma and discrimination are negative consequences of ignorance and misinformation.

If no measures are taken(if no action is taken), things would continue to be the same. Given the increasing rate of suicide every year, it might continue to increase further. There are a few studies which have measured mental health literacy in the Indian context: one study found mental health literacy among adolescents to be very low, i.e. depression was identified by 29.04% and schizophrenia/psychosis was recognized by only 1.31%; stigma was noted to be present in help-seeking. If not worked upon, conditions in this area might remain same, and chances are, they might even deteriorate.

All the above findings reinforce the need to increase mental health awareness. The impact of stigma has led to the institution of various programs worldwide to challenge the stereotypes and discrimination that generate social disability. Mental health awareness programs have had a favorable impact and can produce productive change in people’s views of mental illnesses. Mental health literacy is a related concept which is increasingly seen as an important measure of the awareness and knowledge of mental health disorders. Mental health literacy encompasses recognition, causes, self-help, and facilitation of professional intervention. Attitudes which hinder recognition and appropriate help-seeking can be counter-acted by information.

Creating awareness removes the stigma attached to mental health. People stop feeling ashamed or disgusted and are open for discussions and seeking help. Also, people with mental illnesses will not be discriminated and will be accepted in the society. All of this would bring down the rate of harsh steps taken by people in distress such as suicide or any crime as such. People will also find the strength and courage to take measures to improve their condition.

Peaceful Minds 100 Coach

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There are millions of people on the planet who are suffering from one mental concern or the other, knowingly or unknowingly. Out of these, not even 25% go for a consultation. but you can contact Peaceful Minds 100‘s team for a free consultation.