Four out of five people in Pune have mental health issues, study finds

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Mental health service provider Mpower, an initiative of Aditya Birla Education Trust, recently launched the mental health score with a focus on residents of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Mpower said the score, which took into account individuals’ online responses to screen their mental health spectrum, found that four out of five people, or around 80% of residents of the “Deccan city”, have experienced some form of mental health problem. The score also noted that up to 85% of women and 70% of men in Pune have suffered from mental disorders, with depression being the most common cause in women and anxiety and panic disorder widely seen in men. . The Mpower Pune Mental Health Score assessed outcomes among the age group of 18-24 years (youth and adolescents), 25-40 years (adults and working population) and 60+ years (geriatric population) .

In a statement released on Wednesday, Dr. Neerja Birla, Founder and President of Mpower, said, “At Mpower, we aim to raise awareness of mental health issues in India and provide the right platform to seek help and services. to people in need. With the launch of the city-specific Mental Health Score, we want everyone to realize that mental health is no longer a taboo, it establishes a well-known fact that mental health distress can happen to anyone, at any age group and around. The ongoing pandemic and the impact of isolation, instability and anxiety have compounded mental health issues for many of us. The best way to deal with it is to recognize it and seek the proper professional help because living with mental health issues not only erodes one’s life of happiness but also has a negative impact on the country’s economy because it indirectly hampers productivity and growth. .

The score also highlighted other key insights such as 88% of young people surveyed, aged between 18 and 24, suffer from mental health issues in Pune. Some of the major mental health stressors observed among young people in Pune are mood disorders and anxiety. Many also suffer from panic disorder, relationship issues like instability, infidelity, abuse, ghosting and open relationships, among others, experts said.

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