Programs for Community
National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health states that nearly 5% of India's population suffers from common mental disorders (2005) and the number is to increase constantly.
India’s prevalence rates for ‘all mental disorders’ is arrived at 70.5 (rural), 73 (urban) and 73 (rural + urban) per 1000 population.
According to an estimate by the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression will become the second largest illness in terms of morbidity in another decade.
It is empirical that there is a pressing need for mental health services in India at all levels of prevention.