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Pallavi Khare: Unlearning Mental Health One Fact at a Time

Pallavi Khare: Unlearning Mental Health One Fact at a Time
Pallavi: India faces a high burden of adolescent mental health issues- 1 in 5 adolescents in India suffer from mental morbidity. Anxiety and fear for the future have increased significantly during COVID-19. Depression-related illnesses peak in adolescence, just as gender norms are being consolidated. Indian adolescents face high gender discrimination (40% of adolescents girls in India drop out of school) and have problematic gender attitudes (42% of adolescent boys agree to violence being a medium of control).