Helping People with Mental Illness in India’s Villages

Mental illness accounts for 12% of the overall disease burden in India. The actual number of people suffering depression is unknown, but estimates suggest the prevalence rate is about 30%. Of these, a staggering 90% do not have access to care. Providing care for people with mental illness is a huge task. To begin with, …

Roshni

People with mental illness in North India face many barriers.  Community awareness is limited, psychiatrists are few and general health care practitioners are either unable or reluctant to offer treatment. Further, the stigma of mental illness accompanied by discrimination inhibits access to care. The Roshni (“bright shining light”) Project works to create awareness, provide education and facilitate …