According to ‘68% of health experts, working from home contributed to mental health problems’ -LISSUN survey
LISSUN, an end-to-end solution for mental and emotional health, surveyed more than 500 general practitioners, psychiatrists, gynecologists, nephrologists and psychologists with the aim of identifying and educating the general masses about the mental health scenario in India.
Respondents who are predominantly from the medical and healthcare background shared their observation in the current scenario through their survey responses, which revealed some hidden facts.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns about mental health have increased, and the report also suggests the same. A whopping 50% of respondents express that there has been a significant 40-60% increase in the number of mental illnesses following the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, 68% of respondents believe that working from home has contributed to many mental health issues. However, the serious concern revealed by the study is that a staggering 70% of patients are in their late stage when they get their diagnosis.
Surprisingly, 40% of respondents said that for patients, their immediate friends are their first person to contact when faced with a mental or emotional illness. While only 20% of respondents said that patients go to their family first when experiencing emotional or mental disturbances. 43% of respondents expressed concern that family is generally reluctant to help patients get appropriate treatment or therapy.
The survey has re-established the fact that talking about mental health remains a taboo and needs immediate attention.
When it comes to the main reasons for mental illness, 62% of respondents believe that childhood bullying and child abuse victims are more likely to suffer from anxiety/depression in adulthood. Additionally, patients who face different physical challenges also sometimes suffer from underlying mental illnesses. According to 65% of respondents, patients with infertility issues are most likely to be susceptible to mental illness, followed by oncology at 60% and nephrology at 55%.
The survey also highlighted the most common signs of mental health issues: indigestion, constant lethargy and sometimes lingering body aches, which otherwise go undetected.
“The survey presented us with the real picture of the state of mental health in India. Our goal in conducting this survey is to draw people’s sincere attention to this serious issue which, unfortunately, has been dragged under the carpet for many years. The main challenge is people’s mindset where a patient is unable to take the very first step, if this is resolved, the war is 50% won,” says Mr. Tarun Gupta, Co-Founder, LISSUN.
On a positive note, 42% of respondents say that after Covid-19, society is more open to the idea of taking psychological counseling for mental well-being. However, 38% of respondents believe that the recent tele-mental health program initiated by the government would only benefit the urban population. The main reason for this could be that in rural settings, the priority is outreach so that people come forward and take advantage of the service in need.