24% of population in Pakistan under mental stress: Survey

Government of Pakistan24% of population in Pakistan under mental stress: Survey

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that 24 percent of the population in Pakistan was under mental stress and anxiety according to a survey conducted by the National Commission for Human Rights in August 2022.

While chairing a virtual meeting on mental health at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Friday, the president said that 60-80 percent of the college students were under stress, which was a major concern that needed to be addressed by providing counselling and guidance to college students.

The Chief Executive of the British Asian Trust (BAT) Richard Hawkes and the Chair of the British-Pakistani Psychiatrists Association (BPPA) Dr. Shahid Latif joined the meeting via video link.

The representatives of the Caretech Charitable Foundation, Global Institute of Human Development, and members of the British-Pakistani Psychiatric Association and Pakistani diaspora in the UK also participated in the meeting virtually.

Addressing the participants, President Arif Alvi highlighted the need for collaborative networking between mental health professionals working in and outside Pakistan as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to increase the accessibility and affordability of mental healthcare in Pakistan.

The president regretted that due to the acute shortage of mental health professionals and lack of resources and awareness about mental disorders in Pakistan, the majority of psychiatric patients either went untreated or consulted traditional faith and religious healers.

President Arif Alvi said that there were almost 2,000 mental health professionals in Pakistan who were unable to provide proper treatment and counselling to 24 percent of the population suffering from some form of mental issue.

The president said that the availability of cutting-edge and quality healthcare to the masses could be ensured by working together to build standardized systems. He informed that existing helplines/chatbots would be integrated into a single national mental health helpline/chatbots, which would be launched in the form of a one-year pilot project.

The president emphasized the need for launching an awareness campaign regarding mental health to educate the people about the importance of counselling and treatment.

Mati
Mati
Mati-Ullah is the Online Editor For DND. He is the real man to handle the team around the Country and get news from them and provide to you instantly.

Must read

Recent News

Ishaq Dar extends Pakistan’s full support to Oman in its anti-terror efforts

0
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a telephone conversation on Monday with the Foreign Minister of...

‘Illegal political mafia’ sabotaging anti-terror efforts: DG ISPR

0
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Without naming anyone, the Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt General Ahmed Sharif has said that a “massive, illegal political...

Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 22 July 2024

0
Interbank Exchange Rates in Pakistan The Interbank Closing Exchange Rate in Pakistan has been issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for July 22,...

Ishaq Dar Chairs Meeting on Welfare of Overseas Pakistanis

0
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a high-level meeting in Islamabad on Monday to discuss a...

USD to PKR: USD Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today – 22 July 2024

0
The US Dollar (USD) was being bought and sold at Rs 279.15 and Rs 280.6 in the Open Market against the Pakistani Rupee (PKR)...
Advertisement