The National Human Rights Commission has taken up the issue of the paucity of trained psychiatrists in India, with the Medical Council of India as a human rights issue. This follows a study by the World Health Organisation which says that suicides in India can be reduced by 1/4 if counselling is given on time.
"Recent reports suggest that there are probably just about 4,000 psychiatrists and even less number of psychologists -- trained health professionals in our country for a population of 40 million," a psychologist, Arpita Anand, told CNN-IBN.
The report says 15 percent of all health related disabilities are due to mental ailments, but it accounts for just 1 percent of the national health care budget.
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