School Mental Health Program: Scenario in India

  • Pooja Patnaik Kuppili
  • Naresh Nebhinani


Globally, 10-20% of adolescents suffer from psychiatric illness, and about half of the psychiatric illnesses have their onset before fourteen years of age. India has the largest number of children and adolescents in the world. As per the National Mental Health Survey,  the prevalence of psychiatric illness was about 7.3% in adolescents aged between 13-17 years. Depression, anxiety disorders, substance use disorder, attentive deficit hyperactive disorder, conduct disorder are the common psychiatric illnesses in children and suicide is the leading cause of death in the adolescent age group in India.