Mental Health Support Initiative: मनोबल
In India, WHO estimates that the burden of mental health problems is of the tune of 2,443 DALYs per 100,000 population, and the age-adjusted suicide rate per 100,000 population is 21.1. It is estimated that, in India, the economic loss due to mental health conditions between 2012-2030 is 1.03 trillion of 2010 dollars.
Mental health workforce in India (per 100,000 population) include psychiatrists (0.3), nurses (0.12), psychologists (0.07) and social workers (0.07) (Source WHO 2020)
In the current, COVID-19 crisis, a pandemic, has affected human nature badly. The impact of it has created a huge concern of mental health amongst the adolescent and teenage girls from the rural areas because of the lack of access, fear-free platforms, and societal restrictions are forcing girls to live with the traumatic situation.
Studies show that nearly a quarter of teenage girls display depressive symptoms and that over two-thirds of teenagers taking antidepressants are girls. Symptoms of depression can include: Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood.
Many young people do not seek help for mental health problems due to various personal and structural barriers such as stigma and concerns about confidentiality, lack of knowledge about the services, the notion that symptoms of psychological distress reflect only a temporary age crisis and lack of appropriate responses from peers and adults.
Kanyaka’s project, ‘Manobal.’ मनोबल is designed in a way where we adolescent girls can get engaged virtually with our mental health experts to share their concerns. Also, the project involves family members, community to help and create a healthy surrounding so that children, girls, or any member of the community do not suffer through it.