Social sensitivity of mental health systems

Kottai, Sudarshan R (2022) Social sensitivity of mental health systems. Economic and Political Weekly, 57 (37). ISSN 0012-9976

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In the National Crime Records Bureau report 2021 on suicides, daily wage earners topped the list. Although the report listed the causes of suicide as family problems, bankruptcy, unemployment, poverty, etc, it failed to comprehend such a tragedy in terms of the helplessness caused by the pandemic which was aggravated, among other things, by state indifference and its negligence of migrant workers—a form of moral violence. It is needless to mention that migrant daily wage workers were victims of such a health disaster caused by the COVID-19 pandemic culminating in the largest human rights violation in independent India. The narratives of such violations were heartbreaking crossing all limits of humanism as people fell to death on highways in their desperate efforts to reach home by covering thousands of kilometres. The dolorous experience was reflected through writings and filing of petitions in the constitutional courts by activists and scholars. Yet, mainstream mental health systems shied away from offering public empathy to migrant daily wage workers.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Mental health | Covid-19 | Labour
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Psychology & Counselling
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2022 10:56
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2022 16:33
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