12.8% of Kerala’s population have mental health issues, state health minister says


October 11, 2021 3:38 AM STI

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], Oct 11 (ANI): Kerala Health Minister Veena George said on Sunday that around 12.8% of Kerala’s total population had mental health issues requiring scientific treatment, but only 15% of them seek scientific treatment.
Giving the data on World Mental Health Day, the health minister said people do not contact treatment centers and medical facilities because they are unfamiliar with these facilities.
“In this context, it is imperative that activities related to mental health literacy be intensified in society. The Ministry of Health is actively undertaking this mission with the cooperation of all, ”she said.

Emphasizing the need for mental health counseling, in a post-COVID-19 world, she said that people’s physical and mental health is essential to the survival and progress of any society.
“Besides the health of the body, the health of the mind is also very important. Everyone should be careful to identify ailments, pains and diseases and seek timely treatment. But it is a fact. that most people are not able to diagnose mental health problems, symptoms and conditions and seek scientific treatment. It is important to note that most people do not have a precise understanding of the mental health, ”said George.
The Minister inaugurated an online seminar organized by the Department of Psychiatry, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Chapter, Indian Psychiatric Society, Kerala and Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad, on the occasion of World Mental Health Day.
Emphasizing the need for more awareness of mental health in the post COVID scenario, she said, “In particular, after COVID, people are stressed due to various factors, be it financial or otherwise. Plus, everything is shifting to online media, including studies. Children’s mental health must also be a priority. There are misconceptions about mental health in society that need to be changed through appropriate awareness campaigns that we are working for. “
October 10 is celebrated globally as World Mental Health Day to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize efforts to support mental health. (ANI)

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