The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the first NIMCARE World Health Day Summit 2017 in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was happy that NIMCARE has taken the lead in organizing this Conference on World Health Day. The slogan of the first NIMCARE World Health Day Summit is, ‘Unite for a Healthy Mind’. He stated that lack of mental well-being contributes significantly to the total disability and morbidity burden across the world. Productivity of human beings, whether in workforce or in family situations, gets reduced significantly if one has any mental disorder.
As per the National Mental Health Survey 2015-16 conducted by NIMHANS, 5.2% of the Indian adult population suffers from depression in some form or the other.
The New Mental Health Care Bill makes the bold move to decriminalise suicide by repealing Article 309 of the Indian Penal Code that made attempted suicide punishable by imprisonment for up to one year.
The National Health Policy, 2017, has a target of investing only 2.5% of GDP on health by 2025, while other middle income countries already invest between four and five percent.