Working with the Government
Mental-health and well being are best looked at from the individual, socio-cultural and governmental levels. While professionals working in clinical, research and educational settings within public or private institutions are creating much-needed awareness and change at the individual and socio-cultural levels, macro level changes that impact our society vertically and horizontally, across the rural and urban landscape, will be achieved through governmental actions, policies and legislation. Here, public-private partnerships have the potential to lead the way.
We work with the government at district, state and central levels, to create better mental-health for communities of children and adults, and a more skilled workforce.
- India has the highest number of suicides in the world
- 1-2% or 10 to 12 million people suffer from severe mental disorders
- 5% or 50 million people suffer from common mental disorders such as depression or anxiety
- 10% of school-children struggle with some form of learning disability such as dyslexia
- 20% or 200 million people will suffer from some form of mental illness by 2020
As per government data, following are the number of mental-health professionals in the country:
- 3,800 Psychiatrists
- 1,500 Psychiatric Nurses
- 850 Psychiatric Social Workers
- 898 Clinical Psychologists
The number of professionals available to deliver mental-health services in the country are clearly limited, for the population of the country. More professionals need to be trained through higher education institutions and professional development opportunities.
How do we help the government?
- Provide mental-health care solutions in the form of psychological assessments and interventions that are backed by high science and research
- Training of mental-health professionals such as psychologists, school professionals such as special educators and counsellors, and allied professionals such as social workers on the use of Pearson’s assessments, so that they can deliver these programs in communities and schools
- Help government initiatives to develop skilled manpower across sectors, to bridge the gap between demand and supply of a skilled workforce
- Help implement skill development and vocational training programs with scientific assessments that identify skill level and training needs, as part of national skill development missions
Pearson Academy India
Pearson Academy India (PAI) is the services arm of Pearson Clinical and Talent Assessment (PCTA). PAI facilitates positive emotional, behavioral and social well-being for individuals of all ages – from school learners to professionals.
Our work with the government is through PAI and its partners across the country.