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EDUCATIONAL FORUM
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 67-70

Mental healthcare Act 2017: Need to wait and watch


Department of Community and Family Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India

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Dr. Abhiruchi Galhotra
Department of Community and Family Medicine, Room No 2116, Medical College Building, All India Institute of Medicine Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijabmr.IJABMR_328_17

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Mental health is different from general health as in certain circumstances mentally ill people may not be in a position to make decisions on their own. Those who suffer rarely get access to appropriate medical treatment as their families try to hide their condition out of a sense of shame. Over 300 million people are estimated to suffer from depression, equivalent to 4.4% of the world's total population. According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, 1 in 40 and 1 in 20 people are suffering from the past and current episodes of depression in India. In spite of this big burden of mental health issues, unfortunately, it continues to be misunderstood in developing countries like India. The new Mental Healthcare Act 2017 rescinds/revoked the existing Mental Healthcare Act 1987 which had been widely criticized for not recognizing the rights of a mentally ill person.


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