The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) estimated that 150 million people in India are affected by mental health disorders, as per its 2015-2016 survey. Additionally, the National Mental Health Survey 2016 estimates that less than 30 million are seeking care. At least 13.7% Indians live with mental health issues and 10.6% need active intervention.
Indians are constrained by numerous factors like stigma, accessibility, expense, etc.
Hearteningly, many platforms have begun recognizing the need for free counseling to enable people to overcome these barriers. How does free counseling help?