‘A Call For Action’-Petition for better mental health support to the Indian Army

‘A Call For Action’-Petition for better mental health support to the Indian Army

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Varsha Raj started this petition to Indian Government

According to me, mental health is not given even half as much attention as it should be given. Even in urbanized cities, there is a lot of negativity associated with mental health and seeking help. 


In the Indian army, soldiers are exposed to very harsh climates and challenging situations. They face both physical and emotional trauma on a daily basis. 


Trauma and stress can lead to other problems such as headaches, clouded judgement, and anger issues. It is important that we ensure that our brave soldiers are both mentally and physically healthy. While the physical aspect is no doubt taken care of, mental health does not receive enough attention.   


A study conducted showed an increased level of stress in the Indian army in the past two decades or so. More than 50% of the Indian army soldiers are under severe stress and pressure. Prolonged periods of such intense pressure have even led to suicides.  This was as per the latest study conducted by a serving Colonel for defense think-tank United Services Institution of India. 


The Army, however, rejected the study, stressing that the sample size for the survey was too “miniscule” to arrive at such “far-reaching” conclusions.  According to the contention of the Indian Army, the study had been done by one individual, with a sample size of around 400 soldiers and does not stand any locus standi.  However, the fact remains that around 100 soldiers take the extreme step of ending their lives every year. 


Sometimes even leave requests are denied. Though the army already receives some amount of support in the form of group therapy and yoga sessions, it is not enough. These people are exposed to tragedy almost everyday and they deserve proper care. 


One proposed solution could be that they have a few trauma therapists specifically for the army. Individual sessions should be encouraged for deeper healing.  Liberalization of leave requests could be another thing to consider. 


Even if you are not an Indian, I encourage you to sign the petition anyway. Every signature matters!

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