Our agenda is to change the equation. The ‘Bridge the Care Gap’ campaign makes a strong appeal to policymakers, politicians, civil society and other stakeholders to shift to a rights-based approach to mental health, by implementing India’s Mental Health Care Act and National Mental Health Policy.
As political parties are currently working on their election manifestos, this is the right time to intervene and make a difference in the lives of millions of people affected by psychosocial disabilities. Your signature will let Indian leaders know that as an Indian citizen, your vote will be influenced by attention paid to mental health.
Although the country has a suicide rate of 10 in every 100,000 people — it has an extreme shortage of mental health workers — as low as one mental health professional for 100,000 people.
Mental health has been historically ignored in the political agenda in India. Despite the high incidence of mental health problems, the focus of the State has been centred on a ‘medical’ model of care with a focus on medication and institutionalisation.
Persons with mental illness who require mental health care either do not have accessible services, or those receiving services cannot access quality care that is affordable, easily available, and acceptable.
Given the upcoming elections in May 2019, we would like to raise the political will to bridge the care gap in the vulnerable and marginalised sector of mental health. As political parties are currently working on their manifestos, this is the right time to intervene and make a difference in the lives of millions of people affected by psychosocial disabilities. I invite all of you to come join us in this nation wide campaign to prioritise mental health.