Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
I want to end the stigma attached to mental disorder and ensure that every Indian has a basic awareness of what mental disorder is, the importance of mental healthcare, the current situation in the country with respect to mental disorders and an introduction to common mental disorders.
It's all part of making a better world.
People across the country, irrespective of socio-economic factors will be more open about mental health issues and view it as they view physical health issues currently. People will be more open to seeking professional help in cases of mental disorders.
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be mainly felt by people who are victims of mental illness, which according to a NIMHANS study is at least one in seven people in the country.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
Educational Institutions across the country will have Counseling cells for psychological counselling
Educational Institutions across the country will have a compulsory course on Mental Health Awareness in line with 'Environmental Education'
GDP spending on mental health will go up to at least 2% of the health budget
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
People seeking professional help to deal with mental health issues will rise to at least 80-90% from the current 20%
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?