Young Indians Are Actively Taking Care of Their Mental Health, 44% Increase in Consultations: Practo Insights

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Young Indians Are Actively Taking Care of Their Mental Health, 44% Increase in Consultations: Practo Insights

57% of the queries are from people in the age group of 25 – 34

New, October 7, 2022: According to WHO, the economic loss due to mental health conditions, between 2012-2030, is estimated to be USD 1.03 trillion globally. And a National Mental Health Survey found that close to 14% of India’s population required active mental health interventions. But Indians today are more aware of mental health issues and are actively seeking help to address it.

Practo, India’s leading integrated healthcare company, has witnessed a steady increase in in-person consultations (Fig. 1 below) for mental health with a 44% increase YoY. And a majority of these consultations are from people in the age group of 25 – 34 constituting 57% of the total consultations in the last year. And from these, 61% were from males & 39% were from females.

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(Fig. 1 – In-person consultations from Oct 2020 – Sept 2022)

A further deep-dive into Practo insights also revealed that the second wave of Covid had impacted Indians tremendously which is indicated by a steep spike of 95% in online-consultations for mental health (Fig. 2 below).

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(Fig 2 – Online consultations from Oct 2020 – Sept 2022)

The insights also showcased that the issues impacting India’s mental health include (Oct – Sept 2021 vs 2022) :

  • Substance abuse, anxiety and depression are the leading queries on the platform
    • Substance abuse is affecting both tier 1 & 2 cities with 52% of the queries coming from tier 1 & 48% from tier 2 cities*
    • Among tier 1 Delhi has the highest number of queries at 20% followed by Mumbai at 10%*
    • However, for anxiety & depression tier 1 cities have the greatest number of queries at 66% with the top 3 cities being Delhi, Bangalore & Mumbai*

*(Time-period: Oct 2021 – Sept 2022)

  • Substance abuse, PTSD & panic are some of the areas that have seen the highest growth YoY
    • In substance abuse, there is a 28% increase in queries on alcohol addiction, 53% in drug abuse & 98% in withdrawal symptoms YoY
  • Eating disorders and PTSD are other queries that have seen a growth of 42% YoY
  • Given below is a city-wise breakup in terms of queries and incidence:
  • Among tier 1 Delhi has the highest number of queries at 20%, followed by Mumbai at 10%, Bangalore at 9%, Chennai at 6%, Hyderabad and Pune at 3% each and tier 2 at 49% (Substance Abuse)
  • Eating disorder
  • Delhi 23%
  • Bangalore 19%
  • Mumbai 13%
  • Hyderabad 10%
  • Pune 8%
  • Chennai 6%
  • Tier 2 – 21%
  • Top three tier 2 cities for eating disorder are Ahmedabad, Noida & Chandigarh
  • PTSD:
  • Delhi 30%
  • Mumbai 18%
  • Bangalore 17%
  • Pune 7%
  • Chennai 6%
  • Hyderabad 5%
  • tier 2 – 17%
  • Top three tier 2 cities for eating disorder are Ahmedabad, Noida & Chandigarh

Commenting on the insights, Dr. Alexander Kuruvilla, Chief Healthcare Strategy Officer, Practo, said, ”While the incidence of mental health issues in the country is increasing, the silver lining is that people are recognizing the importance of keeping the mind healthy and seeking help. While this is encouraging to see, privacy and anonymity are crucial when it comes to mental health and online consultations have played an important role in accessing expert help with complete privacy.”

Dr Harish Shetty Psychiatrist, Dr L H Hiranandani hospital who also consults on Practo, said, “Globalization and today’s fast-paced life has had adverse effects on mental well-being. So much so that one in seven Indians are mentally ill. While there is a heightened awareness among young adults in the country, families with low awareness about mental health still act as speed breakers which can only be deflected through education. Because early identification of mental illness will help reduce the adverse impact. Additionally, an increase in the Emotional Contact Time (ECT) and Family Contact Time (FCT) among communities can also help.”

About Practo:

Practo is on a mission to make quality healthcare affordable and accessible for over a billion+ Indians. It is India’s leading integrated healthcare company that connects the entire health ecosystem together – including patients, doctors, surgeons, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, and diagnostics – to generate exceptional value and service for all, especially the end consumers. It integrates different parts of the patient’s healthcare journey so they can have a seamless experience, right from primary healthcare viz. finding and booking an appointment with verified doctors, consulting doctors online with ETA as low as 60 seconds, getting medicines delivered and lab tests conducted at home, providing health plans to corporates, to secondary healthcare procedures across 20+ specialties. Practo also makes software products that help healthcare providers – ranging from small clinics to large hospitals – digitize and deliver more efficient and higher quality healthcare to millions of patients around the world.

As technology becomes an integral part of healthcare, Practo has also become an essential enabler in helping doctors understand the nuances of managing and securely storing all health data. Practo encrypts all data with 256-bit encryption, uses HIPAA-compliant data centres, and is one of the few healthcare companies to be ISO 27001 certified. Practo is present in 22 countries, helping over 30 crore patients, by connecting them with 1 lakh + verified doctor partners.

About Post Author

Suman Munshi

Founder Editor of IBG NEWS (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018). Recipient of Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award 2018. National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks 2011 jury and public poll winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT,LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP(USA & UK),BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in the digital & IT industry with Global MNCs' worked & traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh & many other countries. Education and Training advance management and R&D Technology from India, USA, UK, Australia. Over 30 Certification from Global leaders in R&D and Education. Computer Science Teacher, IT & LIMS expert with a wide fan following in his community. General Secretary West Bengal State Committee of All Indian Reporter’s Association
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