Burari Deaths: Mental Health Awareness Could have averted tragedy claim Psychiatrist Dr Nimesh Desai! 


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New Delhi: Many details came out in the mysterious deaths of 11 members of a family in Burari after CCTV footage showed some members bringing stools and wires that were used for their hanging.

The Police sought the informal opinion of mental health experts, who suggested that the family of Burari could have been suffering from a shared psychotic disorder.

On Friday, The India Women’s Press Corps (IWPC) organised an interaction with Dr Nimesh Desai, Director, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) on the topic “Mass Suicide in Burari: A wake up call?”

Dr Desai spoke on the current status of mental health services and the new legal framework.

Addressing the Media, Dr Nimesh Desai Said,

“WHO in 2001 said that globally one in four person have desirable mental disease. If we look at 3 aroubd us now. Database is 25% have mentally diagnasable mental problem lThe proportion of mental discorder is 8 to  10%. What worrisome is that in psychology we are apping the west. Relationships, life issue, psychological problems we are copying the west.”

He Further said, “What happen at burari should be eye-opener for everyone. Mass suicides have been diagnosed. There have been several instances in past also.There are 3 reason for Mass Suicide, To Get Salvation, or to do something for the human society and you find better worth then your life.”

“Most people don’t go to treatment suffering from Mental Disorder is Due to lack of awareness or stigma. I personally feel Lalit ( who was possessed by father’s spirit) didn’t required treatment, he deserved the treatment,” added Desai.

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