Hosp sees 3-fold rise in mental health cases in 4 yrs, but more patients are reporting it too

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Gurgaon: The govt hospital in Sector 10 saw a nearly three-fold rise in OPD visitors for mental health issues over four years, with the number of visitors shooting up from 1,584 in 2020 to 4,562 in 2024. Health professionals said this indicated there was a rise in awareness among people, as they are now seeking assistance for mental health issues.
Data shows that early intervention can lead to better outcomes for those dealing with mental health problems.

Doctors at the facility noted that neurosis, anxiety and depression have been among the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions among the patients.
As per data, this period saw a rise in follow-ups, with the number of appointments going from 4,566 in 2020-2021 to 17,487 in 2023-2024. The in-patient department (IPD) also experienced a rise in patient admissions, from a mere nine patients in 2020-21 to 125 in 2023-24.
Outreach activities at the hospital have also seen a significant increase, with 1,101 patients attended in 2023-24, compared to none in previous years. Experts say such efforts are crucial when it comes to engaging the community in mental health awareness initiatives. They also help the public identify and support people who may be reluctant to seek professional help, either due to stigmas around mental health or from a lack of awareness.
According to health officials, there has been an increase in information, education and communication (IEC) activities, from 25 in 2019-20 to 79 in 2023-24.
The number of people seeking counselling peaked in 2019-2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and while the numbers dropped somewhat in the following year, it rose again in 2023-24.
“The numbers indicate a steady use of counselling services, vital for patient recovery and well-being. We have been carrying our out-reach programme in the district especially in the rural belt to ensure that people suffering from any mental health issues get treatment at the earliest. We are also getting follow-up patients, this means that patients are getting benefited for the treatment. Constant monitoring and identification of the patient is the key to reduce the burden of the disease on the families,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, Gurgaon.
According to doctors, there has been an increase in funding for mental health services during this period, going from around Rs 12,47,923 in 2019-20 to Rs 17,80,116 in 2023-24. Govt is committed to enhancing mental health care in the region and effective utilisation of funds is critical for sustainable improvement of mental health services in the state, health officials said.
Meanwhile, experts noted that existing psychological illnesses also worsen during conditions of extreme heat, such as the one the region is currently witnessing. People with psychological disorders, conditions like dementia, and history of substance abuse are likely to be more vulnerable at such times.
“The physical health consequences of heat and high temperatures are well documented. New research is now shedding light on the mental health consequences. Ambient outdoor temperature affects mental health. Whereas comfortable temperatures and sunshine are important for health and well-being, extreme heat and high temperatures are detrimental. Heat leads to disturbances in sleep, increase in irritability and anger, which in turn leads to aggression and higher incidence of violence. It is also known to cause mood and anxiety symptoms and worsening of depression. There can be problems in attention, memory and reaction time. There are also serious consequences such as increase in attempted and completed suicides. Climate change is making heat waves common. As the weather gets hotter, mental health problems will increase. The issue of climate change needs to be addressed on high priority,” said Dr Saurabh Mehrotra, associate director, psychiatry, institute of neurosciences, Medanta, Gurgaon.
One big hurdle when it comes to improving access to mental health services and increasing awareness on the same remains the uneven distribution of mental health professionals across the region, as well as the country at large.
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