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The author gives the View point of a Mental health Professional which number about about 3500 Psychiatrists,800 Psychiatric nurses,500 odd clinical Psychologists and some odd Psychiatric social workers.. Labeling is a western term and super rich mentality.Ms.pandit must visit all government Mental health institutions and see who bothers for labeling.she must see institutions which feed these Homeless abandoned mentally ill and see how labeling does not matter to them.This is how those disabled due to Mental illness(not disabled according to them as they have rights under UNCRPD) and their families are deprived of various benefits which is given to street dogs even under the Menaka Gandhi led social justice Ministry.
As a mental Health professional and an Indian citizen, I have 4 comments to make. I am sure, they must have been factored, nevertheless.
1. The policy must make distinction between mental health issues needing medical help/or not. Also, needing medical help sporadically or extensively and so on. It must address the non-medical issues in greater emphasis, since they also allude to preventive and rehabilitative aspects as well as non-medical support during the medical “phase”
2. Labelling must be avoided, even if for entitlements. Legal entitlements in the name of “disabilities” in fact perpetuate and legitimise the existing inequities and stigma.
3. Community mental health approach and Lay counseling approach is freer of the
constraints of labelling at least for a lot of issues which definitelty need care but certainly dont need the label “box” .
4. The policy must give a push to culturally sensitive understanding of mental health. This is both in terms of addressing the negative aspects while augmenting the resilience provided by cultures.
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