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Positive mental health for all serving the under-served

Chatterjee, Kaushik; Srivastava, Kalpana; Prakash, Jyoti; Dangi, Ankit

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Industrial Psychiatry Journal ():, February 17, 2023. | DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_132_22
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Mental disorders are major contributors to global burden of disease measured in Disability Adjusted Life Years (7% of all disease burden in 2017). Large treatment gaps for these disorders exist in all parts of the world. In India, overall treatment gap for mental disorders was found to be 83%. Women, children and adolescents, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ community, elderly and those living in remote and inaccessible areas have disproportionately higher rates of mental illness. They face unique and characteristic barriers to access to mental healthcare which increases treatment gap. These gaps have persisted despite global efforts and interventions to mitigate these barriers. Hence, there is a need to find alternatives to reduce mental health gap in these groups. Positive Mental Health interventions focuson well-being and health promoting activities, rather than on illness. The potential role of these interventions in promoting mental health and reducing treatment gap has been explored in this article.

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