Audio podcast: India’s little-known rural mental health problem

Ashraf Engineer

May 12, 2021

An estimated 56 million Indians suffer from depression and 38 million from anxiety disorders. Very few, however, seek help. In villages, especially, patients are likely to face stigma and fall prey to quacks and witch doctors in the absence of mental healthcare facilities. Snehal Joshi, director and COO of Healstation, a startup that runs one of India’s largest non-government community mental health programmes with tribals in Bihar, speaks to All Indians Matter.

One of Healstation’s rural programmes in Bihar. Pictures courtesy: Healstation.