This is the time when the Indian government decides how much money to give to each of its many programs. It is encouraging that recent federal budgets support mental health projects. The Federal Finance Minister has allocated rupees. Rs.670 crore, or about 1.4% of total budget expenditure over Rs. 86,000 kroner for mental health care in 2017.
About 90% of the country’s mental health services are provided through the National Mental Health Program (NMHP), which receives Rs. 40 Crore of this direct funding leaves Rs. Lokopriya Gopinath Bordroy Regional Institute of Mental Health in NIMHANS, Bangalore, Assam with Rs 630 crore is his one of India’s oldest psychiatric facilities.
Due to the high prevalence of mental illness (14% of the population according to the 2016 NIMHANS report), India needs to improve access to mental health resources such as hospitals, beds, outpatient programs and staff. Increased government spending on mental health and neurological research will help fill a huge gap in the treatment of mental health problems, so the union will devote more resources to his NMHP and other mental health programs. must be assigned.
Proper resource allocation is essential, but it’s equally important to pay close attention to how those resources are actually used. If the allocation and emphasis on improving mental health for all Indians in Budget 2022-23 is any indication, the government appears open to doing so and steps in this direction can be expected. .
Mental health affects physical and emotional health. India needs better mental health care because it impacts society and productivity. Increased budgets for public participation, support hotlines, and community organizations are needed, as are tracking and accountability mechanisms.
According to the National Mental Health Survey 2019, approximately 14% of all adults in India have or may have some form of mental condition. About 56 million people in the country are believed to suffer from depression, and he further 38 million suffer from anxiety disorders. According to the World Health Organization, between 2012 and 2030, the country’s economic losses due to poor mental health are projected to exceed her $1.3 trillion. And the pandemic has added even more cause for concern. It is therefore imperative not only to allocate the funds, but to allocate them with clear instructions as to their use.
The government should give particular focus to rural India. Here people can be expensive to get mental health care. One or two of his sessions won’t fix your mental health issues. in rupees. For each session he needs 1000-1500 sessions, the average person cannot afford to do the 10-20 sessions he needs to be on the road to recovery. Outpatient mental health care services should be available in all primary care settings, especially in underserved rural areas. The budget gives governments the opportunity to significantly boost this by developing specific subsidy programs. This can really help address mental health issues in the remote outback of India’s rapidly developing urban landscape.
A healthy body requires a healthy mind to live life to the fullest. There is broad agreement within government that there should be a greater focus on raising awareness about the importance of mental health. , it’s time to take this to the next level.
Currently, medical schools have a very limited mental health or psychiatry curriculum, allocating only 1.4% of lecture time and a two-week internship in medical school. This is where government push and subsidies make a difference. Mental health research should be viewed as a special stream and given greater weight in medical schools, funded and given clear mandates to get this done as soon as possible. , feels these are some of the key issues that the government must address in the 2023 budget in order for mental health in India to receive the significant boost it needs.
The above views are the author’s own.
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