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1) The fact that every 6th Indian suffers from depression is reason enough to make mental health a priority in Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. Examine. (250 words)

Topic–  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

1) The fact that every 6th Indian suffers from depression is reason enough to make mental health a priority in Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. Examine. (250 words)

Financial express

Why this question

The article discusses the status of mental illness in India, how bad the situation is. Mental health issues have hardly received the attention in India in terms of policy making, creating infrastructure etc and all this should change considering the statistics and economic impact of such ailments. Since mental health is such an important topic for civils, this question has been asked.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to shed light on the problems faced by mental illness patients in India, the Lancet report which highlights the economic losses that India faces on account of mental ailments. Next, we need to bring out the strategy and overall objective of PMJAY and discuss how could the focus on mental illness be increased. Finally, we need to give a way forward.

Directive word

Examine- here we have to probe deeper into the topic,  get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any.  

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Discuss that mental health ailments in India have not received the kind of attention they deserve and the situation is changing.

Body

  • Highlight the immense burden created by mental health issues in economic sphere, problem of suicide, depression etc. Give statistics to show how widespread the problem is and how Ill equipped we are to deal with it
  • Discuss some of the steps taken so far to deal with issues related to mental health and where we have been lacking so far. Also discuss mental health policy
  • Highlight that the objective of PMJAY seeks to address such issues and examine how the focus on mental health under the scheme can be enhanced.

Conclusion – Emphasize on the problem associated with mental health ailments in India and discuss the way forward.