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Global Mental Health Summit,2009

Global Mental Health Summit,2009



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Published by Om Prakash Yadav
the mental disorder is a condition in which patient goes in depression, The global summit on mental health convened at Athens highlights on this problem only
the mental disorder is a condition in which patient goes in depression, The global summit on mental health convened at Athens highlights on this problem only

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Global mental health summit, 2009
The Mental depression is known as silent and mute pandemic.Hitherto this problem was not addressed at global level and the present convention on this problem is a welcome step.
Om Prakash Yadav
 The first ever summit on Mental Health wasconvened in Athens, the capital of Greece on 2-6
September, 2009. This Global Mental Health Summit
(GMH) was hosted as a part of world federation formental health biennial congress. It was the first globalinitiative in this regard to focus attention on thegrowing problem of metal disorders and mentaldepressions. This summit was supported by globalorganisations like Lancet, The welcome trust andWorld’s initiative on psychiatry etc. The theme of thisconglomeration was
‘working together for MentalHealth’
. The theme itself signifies the importance of this congress which is the first global concerted andserious effort in this regard. The participantsdeliberated upon among other things issues likescaling up mental health in low income countries,human rights and metal disorders (
how humanright violations take place of the mentalldisordered patients, chaining, whipping etc arefrequently reported in media in India and other countries also.)
and strategies for future.With the changing pace of time in terms of economic,social, political and ethical metamorphosis, the stresson mind, cutting across the social stratum, is now aglobal phenomenon. Its impact is devastating both interms of mental agony and social disorder. Theimpact may not be as perceptible and discernible asany other pandemics like H1N1 etc, but its long termimpact on social and psychological tapestry is moredeleterious than any other disease. It is perhaps dueto this fact, the mental health disorder or mentaldepressions are termed as
silent and mutepandemic
.According to one rough estimate, because thereis no census on this issue in India, there are roughly
40 million people suffer from mental depressions.Number of mental illness, which is an advance stageof mental disorder, is about 30 to 35 lakhs in India.According to National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH), by 2010 this disease will be largest and shallovertake cardiovascular disease in this country. Theglobal figure of metal depression persons is around120 million, and this number is increasing by leapsand bounds. Many psychiatrics are of the opinion thatthe ongoing Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has onlyadded to the agony. The uncertain future, job cuts,rising inflation and soaring unemployment haveinflamed the situation. There is however no suchsurvey or specific scientific study conducted on thisissue, the recession has inflated depression and thereis no doubt about it.Under the prevailing circumstances, this summitis being attached immense significance both in Indiaand abroad. In India the availability of psychiatricsand psychiatric nurse is dismal. There is only 0.05Psychiatric per one lakh patients in India whereas thetrained nurses for this job are 0.16 per one lakh only.Hopefully this World Summit would spreadawareness and will make people acquainted with thehorrifying scenario of this silent but deadly pandemic.Although we have enacted legislation in 1987 itself,which is known as Mental Health Act, 1987, this lawrequires amendment because either most of theprovisions have become obsolete or they are not incommensurate with the changing pace of problem. Acomprehensive bill with respect to this disease ordisorder, whatever one calls it, is lying pending; it

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