75% of people with mental illness live with high level of disability

A new study on Wednesday said that seventy-five percent of people with mental illness live with "high level of disability''.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: A new study on Wednesday said that seventy-five percent of people with mental illness live with "high level of disability''.

The study was conducted by the Cosmos Institute of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences (CIMBS). The study reveals that around 63 percent of caretakers indicated a burden of financial care and 56 percent of the caretakers indicated a burden of personal care.

Over 100 families were contacted and invited to participate anonymously over telephone for the survey.

"The findings of the survey underline the need to encourage early treatment, rehabilitation and to address the long-term care needs of persons living with schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders," Sunil Mittal, senior psychiatrist with the CIMBS, said.

Sadiya Afzal Khan, associate psychiatric social worker at CIMBS, said: "Psycho-social rehabilitation for people with chronic psychiatric illness helps them to re-learn and re-gain lost skills that are required for a smooth functioning in their daily routines".

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