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Youth most vulnerable to psychiatric disorders: IAPP President

UNI Oct 11, 2018

Indian Association of Private Psychiatry (IAPP) President MS Reddy on October 11 said Youth in the age group of 15-25 years are most vulnerable to psychiatric disorders and talking to friends and family is the first line of help they can seek.

"It is imperative that we talk about these issues and do away with the stigma that comes with it," said while speaking at the panel discussion on 'to Break the Silence on Mental Health in India' organised by Indian School of Business (ISB) here on account of World Mental Health Day. The panel discussion was moderated by Swati Desai , LCSW, Psychotherapy and meditation with renowned speakers including M.S. Reddy, President and Ali Khwaja, Chairman and Principal Faculty, Banjara Academy, held with students, faculty and mental health experts to discuss the issue of mental health in India and how the youth can tackle with the rising issues of depression, stress, anxiety and other mental disorders.

The experts at the panel discussion said that the lack of mental health experts in the country – only 50,000 doctors of 1.3 billion population (with 70 per cent of them being in metros and tier one cities) and stigma associated with Mental Health issues and the need to spread awareness among the people.

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