According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR, 2017), one in seven Indians are estimated to be suffering from mental disorders, with depression and anxiety being the most common. Translated into numbers, this is equivalent to 197.3 million Indians or 14.3% of the total population that are suffering from various mental disorders. Of these, 45.7 million were found to be differing from depressive disorders and 44.9 million from anxiety related ones. Further, mental health conditions also have a profound interrelationship with physical health, in that psychological factors can have a causative, maintaining, or exacerbating role in physical illnesses such as diabetes or asthma. Bodily illnesses can also have psychological sequala such as depression stemming from the diagnosis of a terminal illness such as cancer. Thus, Fortis strongly believes that due attention needs to be paid to the mental health of individuals and that unless mental health care is integrated with primary health care, true holistic recovery cannot be achieved.

What is mental health?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2018), mental health is more than merely the absence of mental disorders. It is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Mental health is fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. The WHO emphasizes that the promotion, protection and restoration of mental health must be regarded as a vital concern of individuals, communities and societies throughout the world.

Fortis Hospital Kolkata, as one of the leading names in Psychiatry, upholds this concern with utmost priority. The Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Hospital, Kolkata provides comprehensive mental health care with preventative as well as curative goals with the overall aim of promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being.  As one of the best psychiatry hospitals in Kolkata the experts at Fortis Hospital Kolkata understands that an individual mental health is affected much more with daily interactions,

There are multiple forces of influence on the mental health of an individual. Several physiological, psychological as well as social determinants together lead to the various manifestations of mental disorders. The Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Science, taking cognizance of this, adopts a well-rounded approach to interventions, combining pharmacological treatments with psychosocial interventions.