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The Role of Mental Health in Shaping Young Adults’ Positive Attitude and Emotions for Holistic Development: The India Scenario

Amartya Krishnaditya - MIT ADT University

The Role of Mental Health in Shaping Young Adults’ Positive Attitude and Emotions for Holistic Development: The India Scenario

Amartya Krishnaditya, B. Tech Bioengineering

(MIT ADT University, School of Bioengineering Sciences and Research)

Executive Summary

This paper looks into the foremost critical aspect of human well-being, that is the mental health – Understanding its significance in terms of shaping a constructive thought process that anchors the way for a balanced emotional quotient in the young adults, which would imbibe in them the concept of self-care and well-being. There is substantial description of mental health status with respect to the Indian context – tracing the development of initiatives and framework based implementation , since inception of first mental health programme , major challenges identified by the stakeholders in implementing these policies, notably the lack of inter-sectoral coordination and fragmentation of governance, budgetary constraints and scanty human resources , also includes key inputs to develop a concrete policy instrument that testifies to have comprehensive approach on adolescent mental health to address the gaps in the extent of involvement of young people and address the burden of mental health problems in young people to have an emotionally intelligent youth force. The statistical interpretation of the case studies and surveys (National Mental Health Survey 2015-16, National Mental Health Policy 2014 and stats by WHO) throws light on real world implications - that how adolescent well-being is affected by social and educational determinants operating at individual, family and community level. This paper furnishes indirect analogous comparison, amongst various published references, depicting multifarious opinions on the topic, thus drawing inputs for policies and programs to be better aligned with evidence-based practice emerging from these referential studies and program implementation experience. This paper attempts to make a rational analysis of the mental health condition of the young adults – in terms of its effect on the socio-economic aspect of the society ,that calls for enhanced understanding of mental health and strengthening of leadership in this sector at all levels to achieve universal access to mental health care and incorporation of mental health education in school curriculum that can destigmatize this issue with an aim to normalise mental illness with a proactive public participation to unfold a new, well equipped socially stable community.