Project Title

Year of India Study Abroad Seminar: The Attitudes Towards Mental Illnesses and Accessibility to Mental Health Services in Rural and Urban India

Presenters

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - Psychological Science

Faculty Sponsor Name

Ginny Zhan

No, this was an assessment/evaluation project. We gathered data that already existed. Also, we plan on including information gathered while studying abroad. There will be no involvements of human subjects.

Abstract (300 words maximum)

The purpose of this project was to assess the attitudes regarding mental health in both rural and urban India. Then conduct an evaluation of the overall accessibility to mental health facilities for those with mental illnesses. This was accomplished by reviewing research found in scholarly articles relatable to the topic, supplemented by observations made in India. Upon completing the research, the following conclusions were drawn. There was an overall negative stigma associated with mental health in India. The available mental health facilities are sparse in both rural and urban India. Additionally, those suffering from mental health illnesses were typically met with some form of social, political, and cultural isolation. This project can further recent efforts aimed at addressing both the lack of education surrounding mental health disparities found within in India, while also eliminating the shame commonly associated with mental illnesses.

Keywords: mental health, mental illnesses, India, stigma, mental health services,

Project Type

Poster

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Year of India Study Abroad Seminar: The Attitudes Towards Mental Illnesses and Accessibility to Mental Health Services in Rural and Urban India

The purpose of this project was to assess the attitudes regarding mental health in both rural and urban India. Then conduct an evaluation of the overall accessibility to mental health facilities for those with mental illnesses. This was accomplished by reviewing research found in scholarly articles relatable to the topic, supplemented by observations made in India. Upon completing the research, the following conclusions were drawn. There was an overall negative stigma associated with mental health in India. The available mental health facilities are sparse in both rural and urban India. Additionally, those suffering from mental health illnesses were typically met with some form of social, political, and cultural isolation. This project can further recent efforts aimed at addressing both the lack of education surrounding mental health disparities found within in India, while also eliminating the shame commonly associated with mental illnesses.

Keywords: mental health, mental illnesses, India, stigma, mental health services,