Mental Health and Seeking Help in Bangalore

Bangalore, officially called as Bengaluru, is a tier 1 city of India, and also the capital of Karnataka. Also known as the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore had an estimated population of around 12.34 million in the urban area in 2017, higher than it was back in 2011: 8.5 million.

 

Despite being a well-developed tier 1 city, Bangalore’s people still suffer from mental health problems. This is even more true in the current scenario of the ongoing Covid pandemic. The pandemic has aggravated the mental health problems faced by the city’s people.

 

A dialogue initiated by Times of India with various experts of the city on the occasion of International Men’s Day, celebrated on 19th Nov, aimed at talking about men’s mental health and how it is viewed specifically in Bangalore. One such expert involved, Puneet Manuja, co-founder of YourDOST, an emotional wellness platform for individuals and corporates, revealed that around 70% of their clients are men, which suggests that men prefer to talk about their problems anonymously. This is congruence with the generic stereotypical perception in our country about men: how they need to be strong, not cry & suppress their emotions. This shows the societal pressure on men to not voice out their problems, causing major problems in the long run, for them and those around them.

 

Dr K Sekar, head of Center for Psychosocial Support in Disaster Management, NIMHANS, Bangalore, stated that the number of calls received by his organization dramatically increased in the initial few months of the pandemic back in 2020. He also uncovered that most calls were related to the ongoing social problem such as lack of rations and jobs, migrants unable to go home, general depression, etc.

He also revealed that in the second wave, wherein the mortality rate was higher than the former wave, calls were highly centered around the loss of family and friends, not being able to find proper medical health facilities, and even not being able to perform the final rites for their deceased loved ones.

 

Talking about suicide and related activities in Bangalore, Suicide Prevention India Foundation (SPIF) did a study in Bangalore to measure the level of suicide related activities. It was found that suicide ideation, self-harm and relapses are at an all time high. The records by National Crime Records Bureau- ‘Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India 2018’, shows that Bengaluru has the third highest number of suicides at 2,082 cases.

 

The ongoing pandemic, which started back in 2020, has likely spiked these numbers even further. 

 

List of well established mental health institutes in Bangalore

 

Here is a list of well established mental health institutes in Bangalore for your help.

 

  • The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS)- It is world-renowned as a centre for mental health, neurosciences and allied fields.

 

  • Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Bangalore- It is an integrated mental health care system providing clinical evaluation and treatment services for a broad range of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral disorders for patients of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

 

  • Cadabams Hospitals- It is one of the best psychiatric and mental hospitals in Bangalore for treatment of Mental disorders and diseases.

 

  • Department of Psychiatry, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore- Manipal Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry is well equipped to treat patients who suffer from a wide range of problems in the mind and body. 

 

The pandemic is still not over, more so it is spreading at a rate faster than ever, and with this increase in its spread comes an increase in the mental health issues in our society. The solution to helping yourself is by asking for help.

 

Mind Unwynd is a mental health platform which connects you to a mental health practitioner of your choice, who is highly trained and experienced and capable enough to help you get better. Book your session now.

 

 

REFERENCES

 

Bangalore population 2021. Bangalore Population 2021 (Demographics, Maps, Graphs). (2021). Retrieved from https://worldpopulationreview.com/world-cities/bangalore-population 

 

Bengaluru: Speak up about mental health issues, experts tell men – Times of India. The Times of India. (Nov, 2020). Retrieved from https://m-timesofindia-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/m.timesofindia.com/city/bengaluru/speak-up-about-mental-health-issues-experts-tell-men/amp_articleshow/79289730.cms?amp_js_v=a6&_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQKKAFQArABIIACAw%3D%3D#aoh=16419375813440&_ct=1641937602981&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s 

 

Joseph, K. (2021, August 17). Pandemic takes a toll on Bengaluru’s mental health. Deccan Herald. Retrieved from https://www.deccanherald.com/metrolife/metrolife-lifestyle/pandemic-takes-a-toll-on-bengaluru-s-mental-health-870807.html 

K, N. P., Choudhary, A., Kumar, M. P., & Kulkarni, P. (2021, May 31). Mental health during covid. Citizen Matters, Bengaluru. Retrieved from https://bengaluru.citizenmatters.in/covid-mental-health-toll-61230

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