It’s no secret that access to mental health care providers is uneven around the world. This is especially true in India. A recent article in the Guardian entitled, 'They travel hours to see a doctor for a minute': India's mental health crisis, highlights the current crisis for those seeking care. India’s 2016 Mental Health Survey found that almost 11% of adults suffered from a mental health disorder.
In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) found there were fewer than two mental health professionals for every 100,000 people, which is drastically lower than the global average of nine practitioners for every 100,000 people. This has ripple effects on those seeking care and has caused delayed patient diagnoses, long wait times and increased travel times to clinics. In some areas of the country, the limited number of mental health professionals has caused those seeking care to only have 90-second appointments. WHO projects India’s mental health crisis to cost the economy more than $1 trillion USD in lost productivity.
Coming soon, the Business Group on Health will be releasing an employer guide focused on mental health globally and variations by country. In the meantime, you can find Business Group on Health’s resources on mental and emotional well-being here.