The survey is aimed at creating awareness about mental health issues specifically in New Delhi. The survey was conducted during the last week of November and witnessed over 50,000 participants. The participants had to respond to 10 questions, especially designed by CIMBS, in order to gauge the mental health risks of the users.
The survey was conducted on the UC Browser, a leading content distribution platform in India, which leveraged the strength of its huge user base to attain maximum participation.
“With the rising prevalence of mental illnesses, the society’s focus needs to shift on not just treating these disorders but also to effectively detect them at an early stage and towards promoting mental health. The survey has been prepared to allow people to self-rate and be aware of early signs of any mental health issue” said Dr Sameer Kalani, Consultant Psychiatrist at CIMBS, New Delhi.
The survey further recorded that only 8 per cent people reported of not having any symptoms of mental health difficulties. The survey findings highlighted that 52 per cent people showed psychological difficulties which may be warning signs of mental disorders.
While making moderate changes in health and lifestyle may help in some cases, if the symptoms persist for a long time or impact one’s quality of life, one may need to consult a mental health professional for assessment and help at the earliest.