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Over 10% of Youth under Mental Illness: Government Census

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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in Lok Sabha that, “A little over 10 per cent adults above the age of 18 years have been detected with mental disorders in the country.” The minister claimed that the government had conducted the National Mental Health Survey (NMHS) of India through the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore in 2016. “As per the survey, the prevalence of mental disorders in adults over the age of 18 years is about 10.6 per cent,” he said during Question Hour.

Vardhan claimed that there was only one mental health hospital  in all the 12 studied states, apart from Manipur; all states had therapeutic universities with a psychiatry division, general medical clinics with a psychiatry unit and a couple had de-dependence focuses. Also, from major emotional well-being offices, there were 450 portable mental units and 249 de-fixation focuses giving psychological wellness benefits in reviewed states. However, as per the survey, existing facilities had inter-state variations, he said.

Despite the fact that public health and hospitals is basically a state subject and setting up of emergency clinics is principally inside the area of state governments, the focal government supplements endeavors of state governments. According to accessible data, there are 41 psychological well-being medical clinics run by state governments and association domains that give mental social insurance benefits in the nation, he said.

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