12.8% of Kerala’s population face mental health issues: Minister of Health Veena George
Kerala’s Health Minister Veena George said on Sunday that 12.8% of the state’s population suffered from mental health issues requiring medical attention, but only 15% of those in need seek it. According to data released on World Mental Health Day by the Minister of Health of Kerala, people do not turn to treatment centers and medical facilities because they ignore them.
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, George opened an online seminar hosted by the Department of Psychiatry, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Chapter, Indian Psychiatric Society of Kerala and Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad. She stressed the importance of raising awareness about mental health in the post-COVID environment, saying individuals are particularly stressed after COVID due to various causes, be they financial or otherwise. She went on to say that everything happens online, including studying, and children’s mental health should be a priority.
“Misconceptions about mental health must be rectified”
George said the Department of Health is vigorously pursuing this goal with everyone’s help. She stressed the importance of mental health counseling in a post-COVID-19 environment, saying that people’s physical and mental health is crucial for the survival and progress of any society. She noted that there are misconceptions in society about mental health that need to be rectified through effective awareness campaigns, which she is working on.
“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.
“It is essential to raise awareness of mental health”
In this environment, the Minister of Kerala considers it essential that activities related to mental health literacy are intensified in society. She stressed the importance of raising awareness about mental health in the post-COVID era, saying individuals are particularly stressed after COVID due to various causes, be they financial or otherwise. She went on to say that everything happens online, including studying, and children’s mental health should be a priority. She noted that there are misconceptions in society about mental health that need to be rectified through effective awareness campaigns, which she is working on.
Importance of World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10 to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize action to support mental health. It is a global day dedicated to mental health education, awareness and activism in response to social stigma.
It was established in 1992 at the request of the World Federation for Mental Health, which is a global mental health organization with members and contacts in over 150 countries. Thousands of supporters gather on this day every October to commemorate the annual awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness about mental illness and its serious effects on the lives of people around the world.
In some countries, such as Australia, this day is part of a week-long awareness campaign, such as Mental Health Week. WHO supports World Mental Health Day by raising awareness of mental health issues through its close links with ministries of health and civil society organizations around the world. WHO is also helping to create technical and communication materials.