Patna: Around 1.5 crore people suffer from major treatable psychiatric illness in Bihar but there are hardly 60 psychiatrists to treat them.
President of the state chapter of Indian Psychiatric Society and city-based psychiatrist Dr Vinay Kumar spoke of the huge treatment gap during the 21st annual conference of the society on the adolescent mental health on Sunday.
"Several studies have indicated the huge gap between the number of psychiatrists available in Bihar and the number of patients. As part of our social responsibility, psychiatrists must come out of our clinics and give mental health tips to select groups," said Dr Kumar.
"We can give parenting tips to guardians and tell teachers about mental health problems. We can separately interact with police, bureaucrats and the judiciary. Our message can make a lot of difference as once you know that this problem is just another problem and it's a way of life, then there is no need to visit the doctor."