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The Larger Picture: The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as “subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational reliance, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional capacity, among other things.” This definition suggests that a lot of people suffer from mental health issues. However, there is an acute shortage of professionals in India. Some studies suggest a 90% gap in treatment. Further, the cost of care, along with the stigma associated with mental illness, is a double blow for already impoverished families.

Bridging the Gap: Therefore, mental health research and activism advises that bridging the gap in delivering mental health treatment, particularly in low-income and developing nations, necessitates a larger role for society. MHAT believes in this philosophy.

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