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Mental Health: Negligence on mental health is heavy, facility of treatment in insurance policy, experts told ways of rescue

Mental Health Cases & Treatment: To avoid mental health problems, a person should do regular exercise and meditation. It can be in the form of some kind of exercise, yoga or some kind of art.

New Delhi: Changing lifestyle and work pressure are affecting the mental health of people. People are struggling with problems like depression, stress. According to a leading mental health organisation, the number of people seeking counseling for depression and anxiety has gone up by 40 per cent in the last three months. At the same time, the insurance regulator has ordered insurance companies in January 2023 to provide cover for mental illnesses to each policyholder.

According to the Cyrus and Priya Vandrewala Foundation, a free mental health counseling provider, a third of the people who contacted and sought counseling in the last 18 months, ie from August 2021 to January 2023, told that they are struggling with anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide. To deal with this crisis, he sought psychological help. Whereas, in the last three months i.e. from November 2022 to January 2023, such conversations have reached almost 40 percent. Priya Hiranandani, head of the foundation, told that a third of the people who contacted us told that they are struggling with mental illness, anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide.

Mental health coverage mandatory in all health insurance policies
Till the year 2022, insurance companies did not keep mental health under the policy coverage (Mental Illness Treatment Coverage). Due to this, the patient had to pay the expenses for the treatment. Taking a dig at this attitude of insurance companies, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has made it mandatory to cover mental health in the policy from January 2023. Therefore, while taking a health policy, pay attention to mental health coverage.

Treatment of mental health through Ayushman Yojana
Under the Ayushman Bharat PM Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat PMJAY), the central government provides insurance to people for treatment up to Rs 5 lakh. Patients struggling with mental health are provided medical facilities through Ayushman Yojana. In such a situation, making Ayushman card can be very beneficial.

Health expert told how to stay mentally healthy
Dr. Arun John, Chief Executive Officer of Vandrewala Foundation, said that everyone has a desire that his lifestyle should be modern as well as fruitful. However, the fast-paced urban lifestyle has its own set of challenges. Problems of stress, anxiety and depression arise due to commuting for work, staying away from family and other such situations.

  1. To manage and avoid mental health problems, one should do regular exercise and meditation. It can be in the form of some kind of exercise, yoga or some kind of art.
  2. Avoiding excessive use of technology and gadgets is also necessary. Adequate attention should be given to teenagers and young men, because they may not be able to understand the factors of stress and may not be able to tell their parents about it in time.
  3. Timely consultations with therapists and coaches also go a long way in dealing with the stress caused by the urban lifestyle.
  4. Excessive use of social media and technology and the use of drugs and alcohol are apparently factors that make mental health problems more serious. It is very important to avoid them.

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