6 Mind mat­ters

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Deepika Padukone was ap­plauded for com­ing out in the open about suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion. But few peo­ple bat­tling men­tal ill­ness—there are 19 mil­lion such peo­ple in In­dia—come for­ward to share their ex­pe­ri­ence. Our cover story, "Trou­bled, beau­ti­ful minds" (Au­gust 1-15, 2013) dis­cussed where the gov­ern­ment lacks. Last year, the gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced In­dia's first men­tal health pol­icy aimed at pro­vid­ing qual­ity treat­ment to men­tally ill peo­ple.

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