• Shwetabh S Verma

Communication Inspiration Challenge

Updated: Jun 27

Saturday, October 10, 2020. Bengaluru, India

In March 2020, the OpenIDEO Bengaluru Chapter initiated a conversation among the community members around the communication inspiration challenge i.e. 'How might we rapidly inform and empower communities around the world to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Over few weeks of conversation, it evolved and matured along with the local environment variables and local context and got re-framed with the following context variables: Focus Area : Holistic Mental Health & Well-being Focus Group : Students & Young Professionals

The chapter team ensured that discussions around the challenge grows slowly and organically across the interested community members which eventually made the the challenge narrow down to a topic and move ahead in a specific direction i.e. Mental Health and Mental Well-being.

Here are some metrics the Chapter team has been able to put together : India accounts for 36.6 % of suicides globally. According to World Health Organization, the burden of mental health problems is of the tune of 2,443 disability-adjusted life years per 100,000 population, and the age-adjusted suicide rate per 100,000 population is 21.1. According to the burden of mental disorders across the states of India: The Global Burden of Disease Study 1990–2017 – One in seven Indians were affected by mental disorders of varying severity in 2017 and the proportional contribution of mental disorders to the total disease burden in India has almost doubled since 1990. WHO also estimates that, in India, the economic loss, due to mental health conditions, between 2012-2030, is 1.03 trillions of 2010 dollars. WHO estimates that about 7.5 per cent Indians suffer from some mental disorder and predicts that by end of this year roughly 20 per cent of India will suffer from mental illnesses. According to the numbers, 56 million Indians suffer from depression and another 38 million Indians suffer from anxiety disorders.

WHO also states that the mental health workforce in India is not up to the mark and there is a huge shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists in the country as compared to the number of people suffering from mental health issues. WHO states that in India, (per 100,000 population) there are psych