A two-day expert consultation on Rs Comprehensive Mental Healthcare throughout Life Course’ will be held in Raipur on November 13-14.

The basic aim of the consultation is to draw an action plan for integration of mental health into all health schemes.

Global research has shown, half of all mental illnesses begin before 14 years of age and up to 20% of women develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth. However, 75% of women do not get diagnosed and do not receive adequate treatment and support that has important consequences for the mother, baby, the family and the society in general.

Approximately 3.7 million people in India have Alzheimer’s, according to a 2010 report by WHO. Nearly, 70 people out of 100,000 in India have Parkinson’s disease, according to a 2013 report published in the International Journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology, Neurological Diseases. More than 4 million people in India have some form of dementia, according to the World Alzheimer Report.

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia can coexist with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues, just as with other physical health conditions such as diabetes or hyper-tension.

The expert group consultation will discuss maternal mental health, child and adolescent mental health, geriatric mental health, mental health under Ayushman Bharat/Health and Wellness Centres, and Mental Health in Vulnerable Population.

Among those who will be present at the consultation are Dr Atreyi Ganguli (World Health Organisation); Dr Alok Mathur, Additional Director General, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Ms Niharika Barik Singh, Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare (Chhattisgarh), Mr Niraj Bansod, Director Health Services (Chhattisgarh), and Dr Priyanka Shukla, MD, National Health Mission (Chhattisgarh).

Mental health and neuro sciences experts from all over India and State have been invited to develop the best contextual strategic plan for Chhattisgarh.

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