• What is meant by mental health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think,
feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

• What is considered a serious mental illness?

Persons with a diagnosable mental, behavioural, or emotional disorder (excluding developmental and
substance use disorders) of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria and that has resulted in
serious functional impairment, which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life
activities such as maintaining interpersonal relationships, activities of daily living, self-care,
employment, and recreation.

• Who are prone to mental health issues?
There is no specific criterion for people to have issues with mental health. Mental health issues may
occur at any period of life right from childhood. The onset of the problems is highly subjective to
the individual.

• Once someone has had a mental illness can they ever get better again?
There are bright chances of the individual to get better, but it is subjected to his/her cooperation
with the mental health professionals and the treatment they undergo.

• How common is mental illness?
A countrywide National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (Nimhans) study has revealed a shocking prevalence of mental illness in India. At least 13.7 per cent of India’s general population has been projected to be suffering from a variety of mental illnesses; and 10.6 per cent of this requires immediate intervention. Source: Times of India, Oct 12, 2016

• What are some of the warning signs or symptoms of mental illness?
Some of the most commonly seen symptoms are Withdrawal, Drop in functioning, Problems thinking —
Problems with concentration, memory or logical thought and speech that are hard to explain, Increased
sensitivity Loss of initiative or desire to participate in any activity, Feeling disconnected,
Illogical thinking, Nervousness, Unusual behaviour, Sleep or appetite changes and Mood changes

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