Thousands Attend Mental Health Exhibit in Mumbai
June 16, 2019
While people around the world may speak different languages and have cultures that are vastly different, there is one thing that affects every community: mental illness and the impact it has on individuals and families.
Bringing expertise internationally through a thoughtful approach that includes public and professional education, McLean is working to enhance global knowledge of brain health and encouraging compassion and understanding for individuals living with psychiatric conditions.
Earlier this year, at the invitation of an Indian-based non-government organization and the government-run Nehru Science Centre (NSC), McLean Hospital began critical work in India—both in educating professionals and in engaging the public in active learning and dialogue about mental illness.
“The rate of depression in India makes it widely recognized as the most depressed country in the world. However, due to stigma, a general lack of awareness about mental health, and limited access to care, fewer than 15% of people seek professional help,” explained Scott J. O’Brien, director of McLean’s newly launched public education initiative. “The work that we are doing in India is enhancing the understanding of best treatment practices among mental health clinicians while exposing the public to basic mental health information.”
Scott L. Rauch, MD, president and psychiatrist in chief for McLean, set the tone for the hospital’s engagement in India, which included a two-day professional conference featuring three McLean clinicians discussing innovative advancement in mental health care.