TT Epaper
The Telegraph
Graphiti
 
CIMA Gallary

Mental illness on the rise in Nagaland

Kohima, Jan. 28: Nagaland has witnessed a rise in cases of mental illness.

Viketoulie Pienyu of State Mental Health Institute in Kohima attributed the rise to stress.

“Everyone has become vulnerable to mental illness,” he said. Factors like abuse of alcohol and drugs are also responsible for the rise.

Correspondingly, there has also been a rise in Christian prayer centres, which have healed persons with mental illness and other complicated health problems through prayer and counselling.

As a result, these prayer centres have become very popular, Pienyu said. But so far there has been no proof of their success.

He said the institute, with four doctors and over 25 employees, has been going a yeoman service. “We are satisfied with whatever facilities we have in this institute,” he said.

Pienyu said society instead of being sympathetic towards the patients, have been discriminating against them. “The patients’ feelings are very similar to ours,” he added.

He said even after patients were discharged from the institute, some relapse because of society’s failure to take care of them owing to stigma. “We need to create awareness in society to do away with discrimination,” he said.


 More stories in Northeast

  • BDO releases govt funds
  • Tributes to peasant martyrs
  • Mental illness on the rise in Nagaland
  • Two rescued rhinos shifted to Manas
  • NE parties submit memo, demand treaty with Dhaka
  • Pratidin enter
  • Sanctuary tag blows in the wind
  • Advice for Assam
  • World Bank loan for Tripura project
  • Naga tribe status for Rongmeis
  • Youths, Model in draw
  • Upbeat Birubala starts drive
  • Homeowner injured in explosion
  • Delhi on mind, Rio in Lok Sabha poll fray
  • Fest to display Garo culture
  • Tea estate holds pruning contest
  • Haze over Shillong LS nominee
  • BJP-AGP pre-poll ties billed 'battle of nerves'
  • Speed fest in Arunachal
  • Tripura eyes total electrification
  • UDP demands probe into nexus
  • North, West rule on Day 2