GUWAHATI, Oct 11: India, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), has one of the largest population suffering from one form of mental illness or the other. The report pegs that 6.5 per cent of Indians suffer from some form of the serious mental disorder, with no discernible rural-urban differences. The situation becomes worse with low awareness about the subject, social stigma attached to it and lack of support from the society.
To raise awareness about the issue, and garner support for the large population suffering, Aman Iqbal, a healthcare visionary and founder of Vantage Enterprise, has announced “IAmHere4You” movement. This movement is aimed at addressing the stigma that is attached with the people with mental illness, spread the positive word of mouth through the army of individuals who will come forth to support the cause, and ultimately create space in the society for an open dialogue on mental health and its reception in a positive manner.
Announcing the ‘#IAmHere4You’ movement, Aman Iqbal said, “Due to the stigma associated with mental illness, a lack of awareness, and limited access to professional help, only 10-12% of these sufferers seek help. We want to change this. Our movement ‘#IAmHere4You’ will drive support for the mental health sufferers from fellow Indians. Awareness is the first step in this direction and thus the ‘Grey Ribbon’ campaign will attract people through social media platforms where they will wear the Grey Ribbon as a mark of acknowledgement, and pledge their support.”