India currently has 9000 psychiatrists, 2000 psychiatric nurses, 1000 clinical psychologists, and 1000 psychiatric social workers,
as per a study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry.
14% of the Indian Population required Mental Health Intervention. (The National Mental Health Survey 2016)
It would take us an average of 67 years to have the required number of experts to manage the current demand for mental health services.
At the same time, I see a ray of hope.
The Mental Health Industry’s landscape has changed after the pandemic.
Before the pandemic, most clinical works happened in a physical setting, restricting accessibility.
The rise of open-source tech tools available has changed this and also the willingness of the Mental Health Experts community to operate remotely.
Yesterday, Lissun – a mental health startup, raised USD 1 M in its pre-seed round.
More and more conversations are sparking up around Mental Health. This is a good start and, perhaps, much needed.
While I understand that the industry is not perfect, there are gaps and white spaces.
But hey, we all are trying – the healthcare community was most strained during the pandemic. It’s time to celebrate Health Care professionals and, perhaps, build empathy towards them.
We are on the right path 🙂
P.S. I love how Krishna‘s profile (Co-Founder at Lissun) says User, Founder & Builder.