Mental disorders are rising all over India, but few places have seen such an enormous surge in them lately. Mumbai is facing the brunt of it a bit more than other cities. According to a study conducted in the year 2020, it was found that the city recorded the highest spike of 205% in the number of people seeking online consultations for mental health disorders. This is a huge number when we consider the city's population. This city is the world's sixth most populous metropolitan city, with a population of around 2.3 million. From multi-millionaires to the labor class, "the city of dreams" shelters all!
According to a 2018 study, it was found that 40 % of the youth in Mumbai between the ages of 20 to 30 showed symptoms of depression. These numbers have only worsened post-pandemic. According to the Central Government's Health Management Information System (HMIS), lakhs of patients have been diagnosed with mental health disorders in the past 1.5 years. The strict lockdown, social distancing, isolation, and increased stress during the past two years might have triggered this sudden surge in the cases of psychological disorders.
There is a vast gap between the number of people seeking help and the help available. In other words, there is an acute shortage of state mental health care institutions. The current number of public mental healthcare facilities stands at four. The high population density, lack of adequate mental health facilities, and rising mental health cases have only worsened the situation. There is a need for more mental health institutions and professionals to meet the demand of the rising number of patients seeking help.
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