What is Mental Health?
Mental Health is not just the absence of mental disorder but it is a state of well being. This includes our emotional, social wellbeing and psychological balance. It effect how we interact and respond to our world.
A person's mental health ranges from a person's ability to cope with normal stress, perform and contribute positively to society to combatting diagnosed illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental ailments.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Why does mentalhealth wellness look at lifestyle, fitness and nutrition?
To increase ones ability to cope with life, the stressors and challenges that are part of the human experience requires one to be internally and externally fit. The state of one’s mental health predicts their worldview. It strongly influences an individual's potential for achieving their goals and is an important tool in obtaining and maintaining a feeling of well-being. The chances of people being happy if they are healthy are far greater than otherwise.
Everything you put in your body is processed by the mind as ‘good for you’ or ‘bad for you’, if you do good for your body your mind immediately responds with a a release of oxytocin and other feel good chemicals.
The gap in awareness and knowledge is large. The foundation builds intrisic capabilities of the end user to prevent and cope with their imbalances.
State of Mental Health in India
India is currently suffering a mental health crisis. A mentally ill person, sadly, is still referred to as 'pagal'. There are only 43 government-run mental hospitals serving a population of 1.2 billion. Mental illness is highly stigmatized in India.
- At least 5% of the population lives with a mental illness, which means over 50 million people.
- In 1999, a study stated that the prevalence of mental disorders in children and adolescents was 9.4 %.
- According to the government's estimates about 1 in 5 people in the country need counselling, either psychological or psychiatric.
- Depression, the most prevalent form of mental illness, is estimated to exist in 3 of every 100 persons in urban areas like Mumbai and out of this 1 in 3 are severely neurotic.
- Severe mental diseases aren’t treated and nearly 9 in 10 go uncared for.
This state of mental health in India has propelled the Poddar Foundation, under the guidance of Dr. Poddar, to remain singularly focused on the challenge of eliminating the stigma around Mental Health by sharing knowledge and awareness coupled with skills, capabilities for individual empowerment.