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Legislating the Right to Care for Mental Illness

Let me begin with an overview of some headline facts about mental health conditions in India, based on a substantial body of evidence ranging from the narratives of lives affected by mental health conditions to pidemiological investigations of the burden and impact to health systems analyses of mental healthcare. Even at the most nservative estimate of the prevalence of any mental health condition, at least 50 million people living in India are affected Ganguli 2000; Reddy and Chandrashekar 1998).

The Need for Care

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