Edited by Manasi Nene
With the loss of lives, freedoms and other things due to the COVID19 pandemic, there has been a rise in symptoms of anxiety and depression. This has led to the stigma around mental health being reduced, and mental health has become one of the major talking points in public health discourse in India and around the world. Workplaces and educational institutions are making more provisions for persons with mental illness, and the discourse is moving from one of shame to one of community and healing.
And this begs the question, how has our perception of mental health and mental health legislation changed over the years? We explore this question through a brief history of the evolution of mental health policy in India, with the help of Arjun Kapoor, Programme Manager and Research Fellow, at the Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy.