Mumbai: Build special hospital for patients with mental illnesses, demands Sena corporator  

Mumbai has been witnessing a steep rise in the number of people who are suffering from mental illnesses. As per the recent survey which was done by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over 1.74 lakh Mumbaikars are suffering from mental illnesses

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Raising this issue in the BMC during a meeting, Shiv Sena corporator, Sheetal Mhatre has demanded that the civic administration should set-up a special hospital to cater to the increasing population with mental illness.

Due to the peer pressure and faulty lifestyle mental illness in India are spreading like an epidemic. People are suffering from depression, schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder.

In order to cater to the increasing population, Shiv Sena corporator Sheetal Mhatre has submitted a proposal to the BMC, demanding to build a special hospital to cater the patients with mental illness.

While speaking to My Medical Manta, Sheetal Mhatre said, “In Mumbai, the patients with mental illness are increasing. So, I have submitted a proposal to the administration. The BMC will take the final decision on this.”

Mental illness is still considered a stigma in our society. People generally don’t come forward to take the treatment. All the civic-run and state-run hospitals have a special ward for patients suffering from mental illness.

While speaking to My Medical Manta, Dr Rahul Bhatambre, a psychiatrist from Mumbai said, “This is indeed a good suggestion. In the metro cities, mental pressure is increasing. If we have a dedicated special hospital for the patients, this will be very helpful for them.”

Dr Sujoy Jaiswal, a psychiatrist from civic-run Cooper Hospital, said, “Rising competition in professional life and increasing stress levels have lead to a rise in mental health disorders among Mumbaikars. Each major municipal hospital has a psychiatric department to deal with mental health issues. People come here to seek treatment. However, many people who are mentally ill do not know where to go for treatment. Due to not being diagnosed and medicated on time the severity of mental illnesses increases. If an independent hospital which solely focuses on mental health disorders is set-up it will benefit many patients.”