NEW DELHI: Mental health is an essential component of overall health and spreading awareness about the issue will go a long way in removing the stigma surrounding it, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Friday.
Launching the Green Ribbon Initiative at an event here, the Minister called upon the gathering to actively address the issue of mental health in India.
The event was organized by the Union Health Ministry in partnership with Hansraj College, Delhi to raise awareness about mental health. Statement.
10 October is observed as World Mental Health Day across the world.
On this occasion, Mandaviya distributed green ribbons among the officials of the Union Health Ministry and said, “This green ribbon is a symbol of mental health. We need to spread more and more awareness about mental health in our society.
He also urged the students of Hansraj College to spread awareness about mental health issues among their peers and the community.
The Minister underlined that all forms of health and well-being are essential for progress.
“Without healthy individuals, there would be no healthy family and by extension a healthy society and a healthy nation. Poor health, whether physical or mental, leads to poor productivity, thereby adversely affecting the growth and productivity of nations, ” They said.
“Out of 10, three students suffer from mental health issues, 14 percent of our children suffer from mental health issues.”
Underlining the need for parents, teachers and other stakeholders to identify and assist young citizens in need of help, Mandaviya said, “We need to first engage in dialogue on mental health issues within the family and gradually The school environment also needs to be included.”
“We need to train our teachers in such a way that they can easily detect mental health issues in children.”
It is important to recognize, accept and diagnose and treat mental health issues, he added.