Separate law for mental patients stressed

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Kottayam: Stressing the need to frame separate laws for mental disorder patients like the laws framed to children, Kerala Hight Court chief justice Jasti Chelameswar has said people with mental disorder still living in society, creating various legal violations. Stating that qualified persons who can treat mental disorder was very meagre, Chelameswar said 25 per cent of the mankind suffer mental disability.

Inaugurating 26th annual conference of state branch of Indian Psychiatric Society at Kumarakom on Sunday, Chelameswar said the number of hospitals; doctors and qualified psychiatrists were not upto the requisite mark. The support to the mentally challenged patients from the society and state appears to be minimum which pose problems to the government, he said.

In his keynote address, Minister of state for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Prof. K.V.Thomas said psychiatry is an area where people have not given enough attention.The number of psychiatric patients in the country was more compared with diabetic patients. Timely attention from psychiatrists was necessary as everybody go through a period of depression and mental tension in their life.

Thomas said though several counselling centres were set up in Kerala, mental tension among students was higher especially during SSLC examination and subsequent result announcement.
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