India is considered to be highest rank holder when it comes to sheltering depressed people. The number of people facing depression is increasing with every passing day and that has become a cause for concern. Bengaluru is the first on the list to implement a change and come up with a lot of firms dealing with mental health issues by using technology.
THE NUMBER GAME
As per the World Health Organisation, there are more than 50 million Indians who are dealing with depression, however; there are only 0.07 psychologists and 0.03 psychiatrists per lakh people in India. Bengaluru has now come up with some start-ups that use artificial intelligence along with modern technology in order to keep a check on the mental health of patients.
Mukesh Bansal, the founder of Cure.fit, founded Mind.fit in order to deal with the wellness of mind. His aim is to break the stigma that is attached to the mental health in India. Mind.fit is dedicated to working on curing the mental illness while Cure.fit deals with health solutions.
REASONS FOR A RISING IN MENTAL ILLNESS
The main reason why many cases of depression and mental illness remain unreported is that of this social stigma. People fear gaining negative image when they go to a doctor. Keeping apart the illiterates, even the educated ones believe that a patient who visits a psychiatrist is either mad or insane. No one wants to keep any relation with that person.
This is one reason why mental health gets neglected in India. People just don’t consult a doctor at the right time and stage. They keep on neglecting the issue and hope for it to fade away. But mental illness doesn’t simply go away. It needs to be treated with proper attention and care.
USE OF TECHNOLOGY
The only silver lining amidst this increase in the rate of depression is the fact that people want to be cured now. With education, they are slowly taking a step forward in recognising the problems and dealing with hypertension, stress, anxiety, depression amongst others.
Cure.fit application offers the do it yourself sessions to combat mental health. Various other start-ups in Bengaluru focus on using technology to create awareness about the mental health issues.
This is the first time that technology is being used for bringing out a social change related to mental health issue and not just for the sake of marketing. Mind.fit has launched an Artificial Intelligence Bot in January which wants to help over 90,000 people across 30 countries.
The users can simply express their problems to the chatbot and ask for medical help. LeanOnMe is another venture in Bengaluru which focuses on using mobile technology for counselling. This use of technology is also helping the people lurking in shadows to come out anonymously for seeking medical help.