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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 133
Mental health concepts in India: Providing valuable insights


Department of Psychiatry, Indian Psychiatric Society, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Tiruvalla, Kerala, India

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How to cite this article:
Kallivayalil RA. Mental health concepts in India: Providing valuable insights. Indian J Psychiatry 2013;55, Suppl S2:133

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Kallivayalil RA. Mental health concepts in India: Providing valuable insights. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 Aug 22];55, Suppl S2:133. Available from: http://www.indianjpsychiatry.org/text.asp?2013/55/6/133/105505


Indian Journal of Psychiatry is one of the most influential psychiatry journals throughout the world. Indexed in pubmed and widely referenced, our journal is an authentic source of contemporary research in India. The editorial board under the dynamic leadership of the Editor TSS Rao has recently enlarged the scope of the journal by bringing in various thoughts and philosophies, which have influenced Indian culture over the centuries. This journal supplement on Indian mental health concepts is a valued addition to the journal - bringing together diverse themes, which have influenced and modeled our understanding on mental illness and mental health through the past several centuries.

There are nearly 30 papers written by experts in their respective fields in this supplement. They include: Religion and psychiatry, Sufism and mental health, Yogic school of thought and psychiatry, Buddhist philosophy and modern psychotherapy, the Islamic prayer, Gandhiji and mental health concepts, Hinduism, marriage and mental illness, Indian concepts on sexuality, morality and moral development, end of life care in India and Bhagavad Gita and psychotherapy, etc., There are several other papers, which are very insightful and informative. Although the Editor has tried to be as comprehensive as possible, it is likely, some areas have been left out due to space and time constraints. This volume may be taken as the first part, to be followed by another volume, which will cover the areas which have not been discussed.

Indian thinking has had profound influence on the world scene. Our culture besides being ancient has always encouraged goodness in human beings. Renunciation of riches and position for nobler and sublime causes have always been valued in our society. Making sacrifices for the welfare of others, being kind and humane, and overpowering evil through goodness and truth have been corner stones of the Indian thinking and philosophy. Most of the mental health concepts in India have been profoundly influenced by these values and thoughts. This journal supplement offers us insights into all these.

Traditional healers had an important role in mental-health delivery in India [1] which they continue to enjoy in many parts throughout the country. Their treatment is rooted in their understanding of mental health concepts. Hence they have enjoyed acceptability in the traditional Indian society. In modern India, an understanding of Indian mental health concepts will help us to sharpen our skills in our interaction with people, especially in psychotherapy. Meeting mental-health needs in India is a big challenge, [2] and we will need collaborators from various disciplines. This supplement will help us in all these efforts.

 
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1.Kapur RL. The role of traditional healers in mental health care in rural India. Soc Sci Med Med Anthropol 1979;13:27-31.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Patel V, Thara R. Meeting mental health needs in developing countries: NGO innovations in India. New Delhi, India: Sage; 2003.  Back to cited text no. 2
    

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Correspondence Address:
Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Department of Psychiatry, Indian Psychiatric Society, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Tiruvalla, Kerala - 689 101
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.105505

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