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The first step in reducing stigma is understanding with an open-mind what mental health is and how mental illness affects the lives of those who suffer from it. You can visit our Mental Health section to learn more about mental illness or conduct your own research.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in mental health care (psychiatrist, psychiatric social worker, psychologist, counsellor etc.) please visit the Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (Link to BALM website) to find out about Masters and diploma programmes we offer.
Stigma and discrimination are still huge impediments to improving the lives of those suffering from mental illness. In India, it is still very difficult for those who have a mental illness to qualify for disability allowances, find employment or get appropriate and affordable treatment. The Indian government’s health expenditure on mental health is still less than 1% of their entire budget.
You can do your part to change the conversation on mental health my speaking out in support of those with mental illness to your family, friends and colleagues.
You can also call or send letters to your State Health & Family Welfare department and advocate for the rights of those with mental illnesses (more funding for mental health care, disability allowances, welfare entitlements, employment opportunities etc.)
We are only able to do the work that we do and get as far as we have because of the generosity of our supporters. Tell your friends and family about The Banyan and spread the word about the work we’re doing!
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