It is only with a mental health education programme will we, as a nation, really understand what mental health problems are. Even today, mental health problems in the country are attributed to evil spirits and are treated with exorcisms, complex rituals and prayers. Families disown individuals with mental health problems and patients are not aware of their rights. The stigma is immense, even among mental health workers.
Varun Warrier is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, where he works on the genetics of autism.
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