Every 8th Punjabi suffering from mental illness

About 21.9 lakh patients (above 18 years of age) accounting for 13.42 per cent of the state’s population are suffering from mental illness, a National Mental Health Survey of Punjab has found.
It was released by Prof BS Chavan, Head of Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh, and his team members here today.

The survey was conducted in four districts of Punjab — Ludhiana, Patiala, Moga and Faridkot.
As many as 2,895 individuals, who were randomly selected, were interviewed.
The survey was conducted in Punjab between August 2015 and April 2016 by the Department of Psychiatry, GMCH, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru.

Dr Chavan said Punjab was the third worst state after Manipur and Madhya Pradesh, among the 12 states covered under the survey, as far as mental health was concerned.
Dr Chavan said every seventh or eighth person in Punjab was suffering from a mental health problem. Only 20 per cent of the 21.9 lakh patients in Punjab suffering from mental illness get treatment.
He said there were various reasons why people weren’t getting treatment, which included limited treatment facilities.
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